State Senate Judiciary Committee Hosts Hawaiian Leaders Roundtable to Address Hawaiian Home Lands Audit – 7/24/13, 8/14/13, 9/3/13

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Senator Clayton Hee

Senator Clayton Hee

State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Clayton Hee has agreed to host a roundtable discussion of Hawaiian leaders working to address issues identified by an April audit report on the State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).  Organizers of the roundtable discussion include the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) and the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands (AHHL), all community organizations that are experts on the Hawaiian Home Land program.

July 24, 2013
10:00am to 4:00pm
Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229

August 14, 2013
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229

September 3, 2013
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Hawai’i Convention Center

“We really have a responsibility to address the findings in the audit,” said Robin Puanani Danner on behalf of CNHA.  “Directors and staff at DHHL come and go, but as community organizations, we don’t, and as a result, we are the most knowledgeable leaders on the lending issues brought out in the auditor’s report.  Hawaiian Homes is as much our responsibility as the temporary appointees that many times don’t have the benefit of our broader perspective or our day-to-day experience.”

The roundtable will focus specifically on the audit findings, and pull together a group to work on many of the items called for by the auditor.  “We’ve seen many of these same findings back in 1993 and 2003, when the auditor produced similar audit findings,” said Blossom Feiteira, AHHL President.  “We expected DHHL to address them, they spent our trust dollars on consultants, and here we are, in the same place 20 years later.  All of us know what the answers are, and we decided to get together to do the work.  It’s better that we step forward to get these findings behind DHHL, so that our mutual constituents, the families in homesteads have a better chance.”

It was noted by Feiteira that the current DHHL Director, Jobie Masagatani was the deputy and in leadership at DHHL from 1994 – 2002, had 8 years to work on the 1993 audit results, and has already been at DHHL for a year in the Abercrombie Administration.  “As beneficiaries,” she said.  “we can’t hope anymore, we have to rely on ourselves.  The paradigm has to change from waiting for DHHL and outside consultants, to instead, looking for DHHL to work with us.  Either way, we have decided to do the work.”  Feiteira also said that Senator Hee hit the nail on the head at the recent Senate Committee hearing on the Audit results.  “Senator Hee pointed out to both the Auditor and to DHHL, that blaming the borrowers of these loans for the delinquencies is not the answer – making DHHL and other lenders implement the same loss mitigation practices that every other homeowner in Hawaii has access to is.”

CNHA operates one of most successful loan programs serving residents on Hawaiian Home Lands statewide.  Certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the nonprofit manages the single largest financial education program, reaching over 2,500 in the last two years, and originates consumer, commercial and home loans in the Hawaiian community.

HCA, a close ally and partner of CNHA, is one of five HUD certified housing counseling agencies in the state that delivers foreclosure prevention services to help families keep their homes.  Since October 2012, HCA has utilized funding through the National Mortgage Settlement to partner with AHHL in establishing a comprehensive foreclosure prevention strategy for Hawaiian Home Lands Beneficiaries that includes community outreach, Beneficiary Advocacy, and individualized financial counseling.

AHHL is an advocacy organization dedicated to the 26,000 Hawaiians sitting on the waitlist, also with significant expertise not only on the federal law that created the land trust, but in family finance and lending strategies serving families with economic challenges.

“We appreciate Senator Hee and his encouragement to put the roundtable together,” said Jeff Gilbreath, HCA Executive Director.  “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and put the solutions forward to the Hawaiian Homes Commission.”

“Our leaders are experts on ‘lender of last resort’ programs, it’s what we do every day, all year long,” Danner said.  “Senator Hee has made a career of championing for working class families, and we definitely appreciate his support and acknowledgment of the expertise right in the Hawaiian community.”

For more information about CNHA and its loan programs email info@hawaiiancouncil.org.  For information on HCA, email info@hawaiiancommunity.net and for AHHL, email info@ahhl.org.

Please complete and return the registration form, below, to CNHA via mail at 2149 Lauwiliwili Street, Suite 200, Kapolei, HI 96707, via fax at 808.596.8156 or via e-mail at events@hawaiiancouncil.org.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, contact Ms. Kehau Meyer, CNHA Community Development Specialist.

Space is limited! Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

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Related article 8/2/13: Hawaiian Community Leaders Meet to Develop Solutions for DHHL Audit Findings.

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