Posts made in 2014

HHC West Hawai’i Nominee David Kaapu

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Community News, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Public Information

Hawaii State SealSTATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS
P. O. BOX 1879
HONOLULU, HAWAII  96805

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT

JOBIE M. K. MASAGATANI, CHAIRMAN
HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION
BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS ON

GM 700
for consideration and confirmation to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, DAVID KAAPU,
for a term to expire 6-30-2017.

April 15, 2014

Aloha Chair Shimabukuro, Vice-Chair Hee, and Members of the Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of the nomination of Mr. David Kaapu to serve on the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  He brings expertise and experience in law, community leadership, anthropology and archaeology, finance, agriculture, and renewable energy development to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  We are confident that Mr. Kaapu will contribute to thoughtful consideration and sound decision-making by the commission.

Mr. Kaapu is well established in West Hawaii and is a pillar in his community.  He has direct connections with our beneficiaries and insights into our communities that are invaluable to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  Mr. Kaapu’s legal experience and service on several community boards including the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation West Hawaii Regional Board, the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii, Friends of NELHA, and the Hawaii Community Foundations West Hawaii Advisory Board, will be valuable to the commission.

Mr. Kaapu is a well-respected member of the community and is clearly qualified to serve on the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  We respectfully request your favorable consideration, and urge this committee to advise and consent to this nomination.

David Kaapu and Jobie Masagatani

David Kaapu with Chair Jobie Masagatani following his confirmation hearing before the Hawaiian Affairs Committee.

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HHC April Meetings, Kalama’ula 90th

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Public Information, Public Notice, Slider

Notice of Annual Hawaiian Homes Commission Regular Meetings

On Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
and Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
at Kūlana ‘Ōiwi Multi-Purpose Conference Room
600 Maunaloa Highway, Kalama‘ula, Moloka‘i

90th Anniversary Celebration of
Kalama‘ula Hawaiian Homestead

on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
at Kalaniana‘ole Hale
Across the Moloka‘i District Office, Kalama‘ula, Moloka‘i

Hawaiian Homes Commission Meeting agendas are available approximately one
week in advance on the HHC Meetings page on our website, dhhl.hawaii.gov

To request accommodations for a sign language interpreter or accessible parking (must be requested five days prior to the meeting date), or for more information, please contact the DHHL Information and Community Relations Office on O‘ahu at 808-620-9590.

For more information, please see the Hawaiian Homes Commission Meetings page.

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For The Record: Revocable Permits

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Land Management Division, Public Information

FOR THE RECORD

Over the past year the department has been engaged in an effort to bring a number of former revocable permit (RP) holders into compliance with the terms and conditions of their RPs. So far, the department has been successful in getting 82% of previously noncompliant former RP holders back into compliance, with an additional 5% of noncompliant former RP holders choosing to vacate their properties.

The department has been working with the remaining noncompliant former RP holders to resolve a number of outstanding issues. These issues include indebtedness to the department, unauthorized use of parcels, and other violations of the terms and conditions of former RPs.

Our commission, which has been briefed regularly on the status of these remaining few accounts, has been patient in allowing the time necessary for these businesses to achieve compliance.

However, recent events have shown that in spite of our efforts, some of these remaining businesses have refused the department’s offer of help and ignored its demands for compliance. As a result, the department may be forced to ask the commission for authorization to officially terminate its relationships with these businesses and pursue legal remedies available.

While such course of action would be the department’s last resort, it will be considered in order to protect the beneficiaries the department is responsible to serve.

At the same time, the department is considering ways to strengthen its commercial leasing and permitting programs. For example, the department is considering the engagement of a consultant with an expertise in commercial land management to assist in the evaluation of the department’s portfolio and management practices and to recommend changes to incorporate best practices. Ultimately, the decision on any changes to be made to the department’s leasing and permitting practices, will be made by the Commission.

The department understands and appreciates the need for changes, it also recognizes that its programs have successfully fostered the growth of many small businesses. Time is being taken to consider all aspects of its programs, to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, while also considering ways to maintain the positive outcomes of the programs to date. To what extent changes will be made is a decision and balance that the department and Commission takes very seriously.

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Proposed Lanikeha Center Management Meeting

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Land Management Division, Public Information

140407 Hoolehua Info Mtg

Ho’olehua community leader Lynn DeCoite addresses Moloka’i homesteaders regarding the Lanikeha commercial kitchen. The facility has been an invaluable resource in supporting the native Hawaiian community in Ho’olehua and Moloka’i.

I. DHHL Land Use Process

II. What is the current status of Lanikeha Community Center?

III. What does the Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance propose?

IV. What are the future plans for Lanikeha Community Center?

V. Any questions or comments?

VI. What’s next?

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Aloha Bill Richardson, our new Hawaiian Homes Commissioner

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Public Information

Mr. Bill Richardson, a Honolulu attorney and entrepreneur, brings years of legal experience and business acumen to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  His term begins on July 1, 2014. He is shown here with Commission Chair Jobie Masagatani following his Hawaiian Affairs Committee confirmation hearing.

Mr. Bill Richardson, a Honolulu attorney and entrepreneur, brings years of legal experience and business acumen to the Hawaiian Homes Commission. His term begins on July 1, 2014. He is shown here with Commission Chair Jobie Masagatani following his Hawaiian Affairs Committee confirmation hearing.

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