Government Relations


Every year, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands prepares and submits legislative proposals for inclusion in the Governor’s Administrative Package for the next session of the Hawaii State Legislature. For the 2025 package, the department is soliciting recommendations from beneficiaries for consideration in our legislative package.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, July  31, 2024.


Proposal Guidelines

Proposals must be good public policy; address the department’s operations, programs, regulations, processes, budget and/or resources; and create a benefit or an advantage for the department, the trust, or trust beneficiaries, or otherwise correct a deficiency. Authors of proposals should keep in mind that amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, require review by the U.S. Department of the Interior and may require the consent of the U.S. Congress prior to implementation.

Review and Consideration

Staff will review and evaluate all proposals and will determine which will be submitted for consideration for the Governor’s Administrative Package. The proposals to be submitted to the Governor will be approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Proposals not submitted to the Governor may be introduced independent of the administrative package. Please note that the Governor may also choose not to include proposals submitted by the Commission.

Legislative Timeline


  • June 17, 2024 – DHHL solicits legislative proposals
  • July 31, 2024 – Deadline to submit legislative proposals to DHHL
  • August 19, 2024 – DHHL submits draft legislative proposals to the Hawaiian Homes Commission
  • September 16, 2024 – HHC approves legislative proposals to move forward for consideration for the Governor’s Administrative Package


Proposed Legislative Action Request for 2025