public lands

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Governor David Ige is considering a measure passed by Hawaiʻi lawmakers that would allow the state to extend leases of public lands for up to 40 years if tenants agree to make significant improvements to the property. Supporters of House Bill 499 say it will attract long-term investments in public lands. Critics argue it could open the door to public lands being held in private hands for more than 100 years.

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