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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Thousands of Native Hawaiians are set to receive financial compensation from the state in a historic breach-of-trust case recently decided by Hawaiʻiʻs Supreme Court. A court-appointed special master will determine what damages are owed the plaintiffs after years and even decades-long waits for Hawaiian homesteads. Much of the calculation depends on the cost of a parcel of land in Māʻili, Oʻahu.

Kekaha Hawaiian Homestead Association

It's not clear how much the state could end up paying in damages to people who have spent years on the waitlist for Hawaiian homesteads following last week's Hawaiʻi Supreme Court ruling concluding that the state failed to properly manage the century-old land trust.

Seventy-six-year-old Liberta Hussey Albao, one of the original plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed more than 20 years ago, was harvesting bananas in her backyard in Wailua when her phone began ringing off the hook. 

Sandwich Isles Communications

Sandwich Isles Communications began auctioning off its assets last week to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. The once-exclusive provider of telecom services to Hawaiian home lands also faces legal trouble, and Hawaiʻi lawmakers are worried services to homesteaders could be interrupted.

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A group of Native Hawaiians is suing the state for what they say is its failure to pay for decades of using Hawaiian home lands on Mauna Kea, including the access road to the mountain summit.

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of three home lands beneficiaries, Pua Kanahele, Halealoha Ayau and Keliʻi “Skippy” Ioane.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) for the state’s use of the land under the access road. No dollar amount was cited.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

UPDATED: 1/28/20, 5:33 p.m.

A new land deal in Mōʻiliʻili struck by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands could take potentially hundreds of Native Hawaiians off the homestead wait list in urban Honolulu.

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is asking the Legislature for more than $40 million this year to deliver homestead lots to qualified native Hawaiians.

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Beneficiaries and those on the waitlist for Hawaiian homestead property called for legislative change before the state Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs on Monday.

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Marine Debris Research; DHHL Acting Director: William Aila, Wake Island Money Pit, National Archives Month

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DHHL: William Aila; New Hike in Harbor Fees; EIS Rules; Heart Transplant Athlete

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

In an effort to reduce a long wait list for homestead lots, the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offered 37 "turn-key" homes in Kapolei to native Hawaiian beneficiaries, the agency announced Saturday.

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WAILUKU — Hawaii developers have announced a proposed plan to build housing in central Maui.

Hawaii Departmemt of Hawaiian Home Lands

A Hawaii business owner has challenged a solar energy project lease agreement between a Canadian company and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a report said.

EC Trucking owner Edward Maria and the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations have challenged the agency's action, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Maria and the advocacy group are seeking a hearing to contest the approval of a lease on Oahu for Innergex Renewables USA.

Hawaii State Senate Majority

A key Senate committee has approved William Ailā to be deputy director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Ailā’s nomination goes to the full Senate, where he faces opposition to his confirmation.