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Hawaiian News: House Bill 2737

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The landmark case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court last year, concerning the state's authority over the sale of ceded lands, was ultimately dismissed without prejudice.

The potential sale of ceded lands is back in the spotlight however with the introduction of house bill 2737. Amy Kalili has more.

HB 2737 attempts to address the state's revenue shortfall projected to be at $1.1 billion through June 2011 by selling state land that is "not essential to the provision of public health, safety, and welfare services."

'O ka pahuhopu nui o ka pila helu 2737 ma ka hale maka'âinana, 'o ia ka ho'oponopono i ka mo'ohelu moku'âina e pôkole ana nô paha ma ka 1.1b ma 2011 ma o ke kû'ai 'ia 'ana aku o ka 'âina moku'âna e ho'ohana 'ole 'ia nei no nâ hana lawelawe a ke aupuni.

Some ceded lands however would fall into this category, presenting concerns.

E ka'a ana nô kekahi o nâ 'âina lei ali'i i loko o kçia a he pilikia kçlâ.

The dismissal of the landmark ceded lands case last year leaves open a clear title issue.

Ma ke kâpae 'ia aku o ka hihia ko'iko'i i pili i nâ 'âina lei ali'i i kçlâ makahiki aku nei, mau ka moakâka 'ole o ke kumu kuleana 'âina.

Ever since we filed the lawsuit in 1993, 1994, Title Guarantee has taken the position that they are not gonna give title insurance unless and until the Hawaii Supreme Court rules that Native Hawaiians don't have a claim to these lands and the Hawaii Supreme Court has not yet ruled" stated Bill Mehe'ula, Attorney from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

'A 'ole ana loa'a ka 'inikua kumu kuleana 'âina a i kâ wâ e ho'opuka le'a ai ka 'aha ki'eki'e o Hawai'i no ka loa'a 'ole o ko ka Hawai'i kuleana ma luna o kçia mau 'âina a 'a 'ole nô i hana 'ia pçlâ a i kçia.

"Opposition by OHA is specifically limited however to ceded lands" said Clyde Nâmu'o, CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

'A 'ohe kuleana a mana'o i pili i nâ 'âina ma waho aku o ka 'âina lei ali'i.

While the sale of public lands may generate funds needed to meet the shortfall, legislators are aware of the matters to be considered.

'Oiai he ala ho'oulu kâlâ nô paha ke kû'ai 'âina moku'âina 'ana, he mau mea ko'iko'i e pono e kâlailai 'ia.

"Land is very, very precious in Hawai'i for many, many reasons and we won't do it without much thought and consideration. We need to have that option available in lieu of the cuts to services, programs, restore school days and to take care of the basic needs of our people" said Marcus Oshiro, Chairperson on House Committee on Finance.

He mea makamae ka 'âina a 'a 'ole nô e pono kû'ai wale 'ai aku ana. Makemake na'e e loa'a ia koho ke nânâ 'ia ke emi 'ana mai o nâ hana lawelawe, nâ papahana, nâ lâ kula ho'i, a me nâ mea e pono ai ko kâkou po'e.

We'll continue to follow the issue for you as it develops.

E kûkala aku nô mâkou i ka holomua o kçia pila i kçia mua aku. 'O au nô kçia 'o Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawai'iNewsNow. Aloha.

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