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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands “In the News”


DHHL Legislative Proposals

Big Island Now (Sept. 28) – DHHL Sends 13 Legislative Proposals to Governor


HHC September Meeting/Hawai`i Island Update

Hawaii Tribune-Herald/West Hawaii Today (Sept. 28) – DHHL moving forward on Villages of La`i `Opua project

Big Island Video News (Sept. 26) – VIDEO: DHHL Presents Hawaii Island Homestead Projects Update


COVID-19 DHHL Loan Payment Deferral Extension

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Sept. 25) – DHHL extends mortgage loan payment deferrals until end of the year


Isenberg Developer Selection 

KITV (Sept. 24) – Previous Stadium Bowl-O-Drome in Moiliili to become high-rise affordable rentals

Pacific Business News (Sept. 23) – DHHL affordable rentals to add 23-story tower in Moiliili on old Bow-O-Drome site

Hawaii News Now (Sept. 23) -Web – DHHL selects developers to build an affordable housing complex in Moiliili

Hawaii News Now (Sept. 23) – On-Air – Moiliili Affordable Housing Project

KHON (Sept. 23) – Web – DHHL progresses affordable rental project with new developer

KHON (Sept. 23) – On-Air – DHHL Isenberg Redevelopment Project


Kalawahine Illegal Camper Concerns

Hawaii News Now (Sept. 14) – On-Air – Homeless Concerns in Papakolea

Hawaii News Now (Sept. 14) – Web – Papakolea residents raise concerns about growing homeless in their community


Solar Solicitation

Pacific Business News (Sept. 14) – Department of Hawaiian Home Lands solicits applications for future renewable energy projects

Star-Advertiser (Sept. 7) – Hawaiian homelands made available for renewable energy

The Maui News (Sept. 4) – DHHL solicits renewable energy


Kahikinui Road Repairs

Star-Advertiser (Sept. 6) – Print – Kahikinui road repairs begin this week

The Maui News (Sept. 5) – Kahikinui roadwork is set to get going

Maui Now (Sept. 4) – $963K Road Repair Project Starts Sept. 8 in Kahikinui, Maui

Maui Time (Sept. 4) – Kahikinui Roadway Repairs


Kanehili Walkway Improvements

KHON – Web (Sept. 2) – Kanehili pedestrian walkway improvements set to start this weekend


COVID-19 Halt of Camping Permits, Facility Reservations

Big Island Video News (Aug. 5) – DHHL Extends Cancelled Park Permits in Hawaii

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Aug. 6) – DHHL camping permits or facilities reservations canceled through October

The Maui News (Aug. 6) – DHHL facility permits still on hold


Mauna Kea Access Road

Hawai`i Tribune-Herald/West Hawai`i Today (Aug. 7) – Judge takes motion for partial summary judgment in Maunakea Access Road lawsuit ‘under advisement’

Associated Press-National Distribution (Aug. 5) – Plaintiffs seek judgment in lawsuit over Mauna Kea road

Hawai`i Tribune-Herald/West Hawai`i Today (Aug. 3) – Plaintiffs seek judgment in Maunakea Access Road lawsuit


Waimānalo Habitat

KITV (July 19) – On-Air – Honolulu Habitat’s Newest Home



HNN (July 13) – Web – An ‘unreal’ battle to reclaim a home turned into a suspected gambling room is finally resolved

HNN (July 13) – On-Air – Family Fights for Kapolei Home


Waimānalo Removal

KITV (July 7) –  DHHL conducts removal of unauthorized campers in Waimanalo

HNN (July 7 – 10 p.m.) – On-Air – DHHL Clears Homeless Camps & Vehicles

HNN (July 7 – 9 p.m.) – On-Air – DHHL Clears Homeless Camps


Supreme Court Rules on Kalima Case

Star-Advertiser (July 1) – Justices fault state for mismanaging Hawaiian land trust

Hawaii News Now (July 1) – Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Hawaiian homelands beneficiaries

KITV (July 1) – Court rules in favor of Hawaiian Homelands, beneficiaries could receive millions from lawsuit

KHON2 (July 1) – Hawaii Supreme Court rules state must pay Native Hawaiians damages


East Hawai`i Commissioner Kaleikini

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (July 1) – Kaleikini gets tepid endorsement

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (June 28) – BI Hawaiian Homes Commission nominee scrutinized


DHHL Reopens for In-Person Visits

Maui News (June 15) – DHHL offices set to reopen for in-person visits

Maui Now (June 13) – DHHL to Reopen In-Person Services on an Appointment Only Basis


Kaua`i Habitat

The Garden Island (June 5) – A new roof over their heads


Anahola Reservoir Work

The Garden Island (May 30) – Reservoir work set in Anahola

KHON Web (May 29) – Remediation improvements to begin on Anahola reservoirs


HHC Commissioner Confirmations

The Molokai Dispatch (June 4) – Helm Confirmed as Hawaiian Homes Commissioner

The Maui News (May 26) – Two from Maui County confirmed to Hawaiian Homes Commission


DHHL COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

KHON Living 808 (Sept. 18) – On-Air – Rental Assistance Through Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

KHON (Sept. 18) – Rental Assistance Through Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Lahaina News (Sept. 3) – Extension approved for DHHL Rental Assistance Program

Pacific Business News (June 19) – DHHL expands Covid-19 emergency rental assistance program

Big Island Video News (June 19) – DHHL Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance

Lahaina News (May 21) – DHHL, Aloha United Way launch beneficiary rental relief program

Pacific Business News (May 12) – Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, United Way launch rental relief program

HNN Web (May 12) – Hawaiian Homelands program launched to offer rent relief to laid off workers

Hawai`i Public Radio (May 12) – DHHL Offers Rent Aid for Beneficiaries

HNN (May 11) – DHHL Rental Assistance Program

KITV (May 11) – Million in Financial Help on its Way

KHON (May 11) – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Program

Big Island Video News (May 11) – Hawaiian Homes Launches Rental Relief Program

Civil Beat (May 11) – Native Hawaiian Eligible For Rental Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

Honolulu Magazine (May 11) – State Launches Native Hawaiian Rental Assistance Program

KITV Web (May 11) – Rental assistance available for beneficiaries already on DHHL list

KHON Web (May 11) – DHHL announces new rental relief program for those affected by COVID-19

MAUIWatch (May 11) – DHHL Launches Rental Relief Program


HCC Approves Additional COVID-19 Relief Options

Maui Now (April 22) – Hawaiian Homes Commission Approves COVID-19 Relief Options


HCC Decision to Defer DHHL Loan Payments Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Lahaina News (April 2) – Hawaiian Homes Commission approves DHHL loan deferral

Star-Advertiser (March 26) – Hawaiian Homes OKs loan deferral

Big Island Now (March 26) – Loan Forbearance for DHHL Mortgages Available 

Maui Now (March 26) – Hawaiian Homes Commission Approves DHHL Loan Deferral

Big Island Video News (March 25) – VIDEO: Hawaiian Homes Loan Payments Deferred For 6 Months


DHHL and COVID-19 Impacts

Maui Now (March 21) – Website to Show Impacts of COVID-19 on Department on Hawaiian Home Lands Operations

Hawai`i Tribune-Herald (March 20) – Department of Hawaiian Home Lands closes offices statewide; requests all payments by mail only


Sandwich Isles Communications

Hawaii Public Radio (March 10) – Lawmakers Concerned Homesteaders Could Bear Brunt of Telecom Fiasco

Star-Advertiser (March 7) – Companies started by Albert Hee being liquidated


Pūlehunui Wastewater IFB

The Maui News (March 17) – DHHL seeks bids to build wastewater project in Pulehunui

Maui Now (March 8) – Invitation For Bid Issued for Wastewater System in Pūlehunui

MAUIWatch (March 6) – DHHL Issues IFB for Development of Wastewater System in Pūlehunui, Maui


NHLC Lawsuit – Mauna Kea Access Road

Hawai`i Tribune-Herald (Feb. 15) – State AG responds to lawsuit 

Hawai`i Public Radio (Feb. 14) – Hawaiian Homes Beneficiaries Sue State Over Mauna Kea Access Road

Star-Advertiser (Feb. 14) – Hawaiians sue state over use of Mauna Kea Access Road

West Hawaii Today (Feb. 14) – Lawsuit questions state’s authority over Maunakea Access Road 

HNN (Feb. 13) – On-Air  – Hawaiian Beneficiaries Sue State Over Rent 

KITV (Feb. 13) – On-Air  – Mauna Kea Access Road NHLC Lawsuit 

Big Island Video News (Feb. 13) – Breach Of Trust Lawsuit Filed Over Mauna Kea Access Road

Star-Advertiser (Feb. 13) – Lawsuit Alleges State Misuse of Maunakea Access Road

Hawai`i Tribune-Herald (Feb. 13) – State sued for misuse of Maunakea Access Road

HNN (Feb. 13) – Suit: State owes Homelands beneficiaries decades of back rent for Mauna Kea road 


Chair William Aila, Deputy Tyler Gomes State Senate Confirmation

Star-Advertiser (Feb. 11) – Expanded Story – Aila confirmed as head of DHHL 

HNN (Feb. 10) – On-Air 6:30 p.m. – State Senate Confirms William Aila

KITV (Feb. 10) – On-Air 6 p.m. – State Senate Confirms Aila as DHHL Chair 

Star-Advertiser (Feb. 10) – State Senate confirms William Aila as Hawaiian Home Lands chairman



KITV (Feb. 8) – On-Air 6 p.m. – DHHL Addresses Abandoned Vehicles in Maku`u

KITV (Feb. 8) – On-Air 6 a.m.- DHHL Addresses Abandoned Vehicles in Maku`u

Big Island Now (Feb. 8) – DHHL to Address Piles of Abandoned Vehicles in Puna

KHON (Feb. 7) – On-Air 5 p.m. –DHHL Addresses Abandoned Vehicles in Maku`u

KHON (Feb. 7) – On-Air 4 p.m. – DHHL Addresses Abandoned Vehicles in Maku`u

Big Island Video News (Feb. 7) – DHHL Takes on Abandoned Vehicles in Maku`u

Maui Now (Feb. 7) – Abandoned Vehicles on Hawaiian Homelands Prompts Statewide Action


Habitat for Humanity Maui – Kuailani ʻohana

The Maui News (Feb. 6) – DHHL, Habitat help Kuailani’s get home

KITV (Feb. 6) – Maui family now has keys to their new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity, DHHL

MAUIWatch (Feb. 5) – DHHL, Habitat Partnership Completes Maui Home

Hawaii News Now (Feb. 5) – On Air – Kula Family Gets Keys to New Home

KITV (Feb. 5) – On Air – Kuailani Family Gets Keys to New Home



Associated Press (Jan. 29) – Hawaiian Home Lands to buy $8M in property for development

Star-Advertiser (Jan. 29) – DHHL buys vacant apartments for beneficiaries 

Pacific Business News (Jan. 28) – Hawaiian Homes Commission buying two vacant Honolulu apartment buildings from Kamehameha Schools

Hawaii News Now (Jan. 28) – DHHL buys Moiliili property from Kamehameha Schools for $7.8M

KITV (Jan. 28) – Department of Hawaiian Homes Commission approves the purchase of Mo`ili`ili real estate

KHON (Jan. 28) – Department of Hawaiian Homelands to purchase property from Kamehameha Schools

Hawaii Public Radio (Jan. 28) – DHHL To Buy $8M Property in Mōʻiliʻili From Kamehameha Schools for Housing


Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

Star-Advertiser (Jan. 31) – Aila gets initial OK as DHHL chief

Honolulu Civil Beat (Jan. 30) – Committee: Full Senate Should Confirm Aila As DHHL Director

Honolulu Civil Beat (Jan. 24) – Senators Delay Vote After Grilling Aila As Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands

Star-Advertiser (Jan. 24) – DHHL chief nominee draws disagreement


Senate Ways and Means Committee

Hawaii Public Radio (Jan. 13) – Hawaiian Homes Says It Needs $43M to Develop More Lots



West Hawai`i Today (Jan. 9) – DHHL Looking to Build Homes in Kealakehe


Other News

West Hawai`i Today (Feb. 15) – Maunakea debris raise concern, again

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Feb. 15) – Concerns raised about Maunakea debris 

The Maui News (Feb. 10) – McKelvey introduces bill, Lahaina still short lots

Civil Beat (Feb. 7) – State Lawmakers Are Weighing A Slate of Bills That Affect Native Hawaiians

The Garden Island (Jan. 30 ) – County backs Hawaiian homesteaders

Civil Beat (Jan. 29) – Kauai: Council Weighs Resolution To Fix DHHL Mortgage Programs

Hawaii Public Radio (Jan. 14) – Hawaiian Homes Says It Needs $43M to Develop More Lots 



Star-Advertiser Off the News (Sept. 25) – DHHL’s high-rise rental project

Star-Advertiser Our View (May 16) –Help for Hawaiians


Ka Wai Ola Column (`O Ka Nuhou `Aina Ho`opulapula)

October – Chair Aila Addresses Herbicide Use

September – The Importance of Naming a Successor

August – Beware: Scammers are Targeting Homesteaders

July – Federal Funds Deployed for Rental Relief

June – COVID-19 Mortgage Relief for Homesteaders 

May – Subsistence Agriculture on the Horizon for DHHL Beneficiaries 

April – Real Estate Purchase to Provide Added Opportunity

March – DHHL to Build 1,300 Lots Over Next Five Years



In the News – 2019