Administrative Rules – Genetic Testing, Lease Transfer, Subsistence Lots

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is currently re-examining the Administrative Rules governing department operations, and proposing to remove, add, or modify these rules to meet the changing needs and priorities of our beneficiaries. The department plans to propose several rule changes throughout the course of this administration. Rulemaking could take up to two years to complete. 

First Round of Proposed Rule Changes


The department is currently wrapping-up the first round of proposed rule changes related to the following three topics.

    • Genetic Testing: Proposes DHHL accept DNA tests to establish family ties in order to qualify for the Hawaiian Home Lands program.

  • Lease Transfer: Proposes a process and requirements for transferring a vacant homestead lot (i.e. a lot with no home or other improvements built upon the land).
  • Subsistence Lots: Proposes a new option in DHHLʻs agricultural program that supports a subsistence rural lifestyle.

From October 27, 2015 to December 10, 2015 the DHHL conducted statewide beneficiary consultation meetings to discuss with and get feedback from beneficiaries about the first round of proposed rule changes. In all, ten consultation meetings were held and over 700 beneficiaries attended. The format used at the consultation meetings was designed to solicit beneficiary input through facilitated conversation focusing on how the proposed amendments could be made better.



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1 Proposed Action or Issue for Discussion Update the current set of Hawaii Administrative Rules governing the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
2 Notification
3 Meeting Schedule Beneficiary Consultation Meeting Schedule – COMPLETED
All meetings scheduled to run from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. but subject to change.

  • Lānaʻi – Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Lānaʻi High & Elementary School Cafeteria
    555 Fraser Avenue, Lānaʻi City, HI 96763
  • Nānākuli, O‘ahu – Monday, November 2, 2015
    Nānāikapono Elementary School Cafeteria
    89-153 Mano Ave., Wai‘anae, HI 96792
  • Waimea, Hawai‘i – Monday, November 9, 2015
    DHHL West Hawai‘i District Office – Kūhiō Hale
    64-756 Māmalahoa Hwy., Kamuela, HI 96743
  • Keaukaha, Hawai‘i – Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    Keaukaha Elementary School Cafetorium
    240 Desha Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
  • Kaua‘i – Monday, November 23, 2015
    King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School Cafeteria
    4380 Hanamā‘ulu Rd., Līhu‘e, HI 96766
  • Papakōlea, O‘ahu – Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria
    1202 Prospect St., Honolulu, HI 96822
  • Maui – Monday, November 30, 2015
    Paukūkalo Community Center
    655 Kaumuali‘i St., Wailuku, HI 96793
  • Moloka‘i – Tuesday, December 1, 2015
    Lanikeha Community Center
    2200 Farrington Hwy., Ho‘olehua, HI 96729
  • Kapolei, O‘ahu – Monday, December 7, 2015
    DHHL Hale Ponoʻī
    91-5420 Kapolei Pkwy., Kapolei, HI 96707
  • Waimānalo, O‘ahu – Thursday, December 10, 2015
    Blanche Pope Elemetnary School Cafeteria
    41-133 Huli St., Waimānalo, HI 96795

Public Hearings Schedule – COMPLETED
All meetings scheduled to run from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    Hilo, Hawaii                DHHL East Hawaii District Office, 160 Baker Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
    Maui                            DHHL Maui District Office, 655 Kaumualii St., Wailuku, HI 96793
    Oahu                           DHHL Main Office (Hale Ponoi), 91-5420 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    Waimea, Hawaii         DHHL West Hawaii District Office, 64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743
    Molokai                       DHHL Molokai District Office, 600 Mauna Loa Hwy, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    Kauai                           King Kaumualii Elementary Cafeteria, 4380 Hanamaulu Rd., Lihue, HI 96766
3 Presentation Materials
4 Background Information
  • Related to Proposed Rule on Subsistence Agricultural Lots
    • 2014 DHHL Applicants Survey Report – Beneficiary study conducted every five years indicates agricultural applicants’ preference for subsistence farming (pg. 7) as primary goal of agricultural lot use.
 5 Meeting Notes
 6 Review Period
  • Begins October 27, 2015
 7 Hawaiian Homes Commission Vote/Governor Approval
  • Hawaiian Homes Commission voted to pass amendments for HAR Title 10 (February 21, 2017)
  • Governor David Y. Ige approved and signed HAR Title 10 Amendments in March of 2017 
 8 Final Version of Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 10 Amendments 2017