HCB: Should OHA Get A Bigger Share Of Hawaii’s Public Land Revenues?

By Blaze Lovell, Honolulu Civil Beat, 28 January 2022

Updated: The ceded land revenues, which make up a significant chunk of OHA’s annual budget, go to fund programs for Hawaiian beneficiaries.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is again asking the Legislature for a greater share of revenue generated by lands formerly held by the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Not only that, OHA also wants the state to pay out $638 million the office said it’s owed after being shortchanged on land revenue payments over the last decade.

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SA: State offers federally funded mortgage aid

Hawaii’s state government to offer federally funded mortgage aid
By Leila Fujimori, Star-Advertiser, 1/28/22

The state has launched a program funded by the federal government to assist about 1,000 Oahu homeowners hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and who may be in jeopardy of losing their homes.

Federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act in the amount of $50 million for the entire state will help some homeowners, with Oahu receiving a $30 million piece of that pie, and the other counties receiving $20 million.

Those in need of assistance should act quickly as only 1,000 applications will be accepted initially.

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KHPR: Lawmakers consider transferring to OHA an estimated $638M of withheld public land trust revenues

By Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi, Hawaii Public Radio, 26 January 2022 at 12:29 PM HST

Hawaiʻi lawmakers are considering a measure that would transfer to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs hundreds of millions of dollars in public land trust revenues – money long withheld from the agency.

Senate Bill 2021 proposes to help resolve the decades-old dispute over how much of the public land trust revenues should be directed toward the betterment of Native Hawaiians.

State law and the Hawaiʻi State Constitution require the state to use 20% of the revenue it receives from the public land trust for the betterment of the Native Hawaiian people, a kuleana given to OHA.

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HCB: West Oahu Reps Take On Major Problems

West Oahu Reps Plan To Tackle Traffic, Tech And The Cost Of Living
By Ku’u Kauanoe, Honolulu Civil Beat, 24 Jan. 2022

Lawmakers want the public to weigh in this session on the bills that matter most to their communities.

West Oahu lawmakers are looking to make progress on some of their district’s long-standing issues with proposals to mitigate traffic, lower the cost of living and address the technological challenges revealed by the pandemic.

The 2022 legislative session opened Wednesday and runs through early May. And with the new year comes new initiatives to better the quality of life for Hawaii residents.

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SA: $600M to fix Native Hawaiian housing program

Hawaii lawmakers propose $600M to fix Native Hawaiian housing program
By Rob Perez, Star-Advertiser, 21 Jan. 2022

Legislative leaders in Hawaii are calling for the appropriation of $600 million to help house Native Hawaiians through a chronically underfunded homesteading program that has fallen short of its promise to return Native people to their ancestral lands.

As the state government faces what is expected to be a budget surplus, House Speaker Scott Saiki on Wednesday proposed what he called historic legislation to provide the so-called Hawaiian Homes program with funding to address a huge demand for affordable housing among Native Hawaiians. The appropriation would be more than seven times the amount the Legislature provided the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the state agency that administers the program, for construction in 2021.

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SA: Waianae Health Center to distribute COVID test kits on Saturday 1/22/22

Waianae Health Center to distribute reserved at-home COVID test kits to community
By Nina Wu, Star-Advertiser, 21 Jan. 2022

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center announced today that it will offer a drive-thru distribution of thousands of free at-home COVID-19 test kits this Saturday at Waianae Mall.

All of the tests, however, have already been reserved for the drive-thru to be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at Waianae Mall.

The center said it has received supplies of “Quick-Vue COVID-19 At Home Test Kits” from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to distribute to its patients, staff and the community.

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HNN: Housing Assistance Applications Open Jan. 21 at 10 AM (1/19/22)

State to launch housing assistance program for Oahu homeowners in need
By HNN Staff, 19 Jan. 2022

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state is partnering with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide $50 million to help homeowners.

The Oahu housing assistance fund will offer up to $30,000 per eligible homeowner to help with mortgage, utilities, taxes and association fees.

Those who have fallen behind on payments due to the pandemic will receive priority approval.

Officials said Oahu homeowners will only be able to qualify for mortgage assistance if their bank or loan servicer signs up to participate in the program.

Applications open on Friday at 10 a.m.

The state said homeowner assistance programs are underway for Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties.

For more information or to apply, click here.

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SA: 2 Projects for Hawaiian Homestead (1/18/22)

2 projects to benefit Hawaiian homestead families
By Star-Advertiser Staff, 18 Jan. 2022

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations recently announced two separate projects for beneficiaries.

Through recent federal law and expanded service options, homestead lessees, tenants and permittees will now have more broadband telecommunication options, DHHL announced Thursday. For many years the embattled Sandwich Isles Communications, which has been fined millions of dollars over the past several years, was the exclusive provider of telephone and internet serv­ices on homestead lands.

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