Budget Message Delivered To State LegislaturePosted on Jan 6, 2012 in Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, News Releases
Testimony of Alapaki Nahale-a, Chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission
Before the Joint House Committee on Finance and
Senate Committee on Ways and Means
on the Fiscal Year 2013 Supplemental Budget Request of the
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
January 6, 2012 — Chairs Oshiro and Ige and Members of the House Committee on Finance and Senate Committee on Ways and Means:
Thank you for this opportunity to provide information on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Supplemental Budget request for Fiscal Year 2013.
The mission of the department is to manage the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust effectively and to develop and deliver land to native Hawaiians. We will partner with others toward developing self-sufficient and healthy communities. The trust, created by Congress through the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 (Act), sets aside public lands to be used for the benefit of native Hawaiians (persons of at least 50% Hawaiian blood).
As required by the Admission Act and as a compact with the United States, the State of Hawaii and the people of Hawaii adopted the Act as a provision of the State Constitution …