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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