News Releases

The Hawai`i State Senate recently voted to advise and consent Zachary Helm to the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Commissioner Helm will represent the island of Molokai and his term runs through June of 2020.

The Hawai`i State Senate recently voted to advise and consent the reappointment of David Kaapu to the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Commissioner Kaapu will continue to represent West Hawai`i (Hawai`i Island). His term runs through June 2021.

The Hawai`i State Senate recently voted to advise and consent the nomination of Randy Awo to the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Commissioner Awo will represent the island of Maui and his term runs through June 2019.

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) continued to oppose efforts to exclude Native Hawaiians from the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), which provides affordable housing to the Native Hawaiian and other Native communities.

On February 9, 2018, the Hawai`i State Supreme Court ruled (4-1 majority) that the Hawai`i State Legislature is only required to fund the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands the amount that the delegates of the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention estimated it takes in administration and operating expenses, adjusted for inflation.

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