Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
KEALAKEHE, HAWAIʻI – Laʻi ʻŌpua Hawaiian homesteaders joined the West Hawaiʻi Community Health Center (WHCHC) in celebrating the beginning of construction for a new health care center on Hawaiian home lands in Kealakehe.
Government officials and community leaders joined Laʻi ʻŌpua and WHCHC in blessing the grounds of the first phase of a medical and dental facility near Kealakehe High School.
The 10,000-square-foot facility will include four exam rooms, a procedure room, three dental operatories for pediatrics and two for adults, patient service areas and equipment storage. The health care center will ensure availability of vital health and dental services not only for current and future homesteaders in Laʻi ʻŌpua but for the surrounding region. The nearest facility for Laʻi ʻŌpua residents seeking comparable health care services to those being offered by this new facility is five miles away, and the nearest hospital is nearly 15 miles away.
The facility is also the first step in laying the foundation for the Laʻi ʻŌpua Community Center – a 26.5-acre gathering place envisioned by the people of Laʻi ʻŌpua. The community center plans to include an array of programs and services to meet most every health, social, education and recreational need of this growing community.
Program could save Molokaʻi homesteaders $3,000 a year on electricity
HOʻOLEHUA, MOLOKAʻI – Moloka‘i residents pay among the highest electricity bills in the nation. But a new solar photovoltaic leasing program aims to change all of that.
A new partnership between Moloka‘i Habitat for Humanity and Kala Power hopes to save Moloka‘i families an estimated $3,000 a year on their electricity bills.
The solar leasing program announced today at a press conference at Lanikeha Center in Ho‘olehua will eliminate the upfront cost to homeowners of installing a solar photovoltaic unit, which can run as high as $20,000 – $30,000, according to Moloka‘i Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Zhantell Dudoit.
Moloka‘i Habitat secured funding for the program from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and in October received $32,600 for the installation of photovoltaic units for the first 163 native Hawaiian families. Dudoit estimates total savings for the 163 Moloka‘i households at $489,000 a year.
The program targets low-income Native Hawaiian families with a focus on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands lessees. Participants must fall below the area median income or AMI for Maui County and exhibit a need for assistance.
Under the partnership, Moloka‘i Habitat will continue to find funding and secure homeowners, and Kala Solar Power will furnish the photovoltaic systems, provide their own investors, and be responsible for labor, permitting and logistics.
For more information, contact Molokaʻi Habitat for Humanity at (808)560-5444.
NOTICE TO PROVIDERS OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
- Construction Management Services for Various Maui Projects
- Posted December 3, 2013
- Deadline December 23, 2013
In accordance with §103D-304, HRS, the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is seeking qualified engineering firms to provide Construction Management Services for Various Maui Projects – Job PS-14-LDD-009.
General Scope of Services
The project involves providing construction management oversight on various projects on the Island of Maui, including but not limited to Lower Kula Water System Improvements, Kula Residence Lots Unit 1 Roadway and Drainage Improvements, Waiohuli Hikina Drainage Improvements, and Villages of Leialii Drainage Improvements. Construction Management scope of work will include but not be limited to construction progress inspections, conducting contractor and engineer coordination meetings, maintaining construction logs, managing construction requests for information, submittals and change proposals, monitoring force account work and reviewing pay requests.
2013 Public Notice To Successors
PUBLIC NOTICE TO SUCCESSORS
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS
HOMESTEAD SERVICES DIVISION
NOTICE TO POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS OF THE FOLLOWING DECEASED APPLICANTS, WHO DIED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 26, 1998, AND FAILED TO DESIGNATE A SUCCESSOR TO THEIR HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS APPLICATION RIGHTS UNDER HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT, 1920, AS AMENDED.
Relatives of the above-named decedents including spouse, children, and grandchildren; parents; widows or widowers of the children; brothers and sisters; widows and widowers of the brothers and sisters; or nieces and nephews, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and are descendants of not less than one-half (50%) part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778, are hereby notified to present their claims for the Hawaiian Home Lands Application Rights of the above-named decedents. Written claims, with duly authenticated and certified copies of Hawaiian blood quantum verifications must be presented tothe Applications Branch of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707 or at any of the District Offices of the Department, within one hundred eighty (180) days from the last day of publication of this notice, or such relatives may be forever barred from succeeding to the Application Rights in question.
Last Publication Date: November 24, 2013
Dated: 10/16/2013, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jobie M.K. Masagatani, Chair
Hawaiian Homes Commission
November 17 & 24, 2013
On November 17 & 24, 2013, the 2013 Public Notice for Deceased Applicants will be published in the legal ads sections of five newspapers of general circulation in the State of Hawaii:
- The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
- The Maui News
- West Hawaii Today
- The Hawaii Tribune-Herald
- The Garden Island
There will be 59 names published for a total of 86 applications. Attached is the public notice ad and the form to succeed. Successors must submit their written requests, time-stamped received by any DHHL District Office by May 24, 2014 or else the application(s) will be cancelled via Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting some time after the deadline. Eligible successors must be 50% native Hawaiian, 18 years of age, and an eligible relative to the decedent — spouse, children, and grandchildren; parents; widows or widowers of the children; brothers and sisters; widows and widowers of the brothers and sisters; or nieces and nephews.
DHHL Updates Legislators on Progress Made on State Audit Recommendations
Loan delinquency, financial security top issues of concern
HONOLULU — Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) Chair and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Director Jobie Masagatani briefed Hawaiʻi State Legislators today on Department efforts over the past six months to address concerns raised in a State Audit released in April.
The informational briefing was held by leadership from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature’s finance and Hawaiian affairs committees as a follow-up to a briefing held in May regarding the Audit of DHHL’s Homestead Services Division and other related issues.
At the top of the agenda were DHHL efforts to reduce loan delinquency rates among Hawaiian homesteaders. Masagatani highlighted the recent launch of a pilot program in East Hawai’i to help prevent lease cancellation for homesteaders whose loans have been in delinquency for more than six months or 180 days.
Other efforts to address DHHL’s high loan delinquency rate, include:
- Improving the loan tracking system to produce easy-to-understand reports that tracks loans/lessees through each step of the contested case hearing and cancellation process
- Producing clear loan policies and procedures in two comprehensive volumes to be brought before the HHC for approval
- Generating a risk management plan based on true estimates of the risk posed to the Trust by high delinquency loan rate
Legislators also raised concern over the agency’s financial security in light of the 2015 end to the $30 million annual payments DHHL receives from the Legislature. To this point, Masagatani reminded legislators that DHHL will be seeking their support for general fund appropriations in the amount of $27.1 million in fiscal year 2015 to fund operations and administration costs.
These efforts and more can be found in greater detail by downloading DHHL’s presentation to the Legislature. The informational briefing aired on ‘Ōlelo TV, channel 53. Re-broadcasts may be available at a later date online at olelo.org.