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Hawaiian News: Legalizing gambling in Hawaii

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Gaming on Hawaiian home lands did not prove a viable option this legislative session.

However one Hawaiʻi Representative hopes that putting the option on the table was enough to get people talking. Amy Kalili has more.

"To be honest with you, I never thought this would move this far," said Representative Mele Carroll, D-East Maui, Lana'I & Moloka'i.

ʻO ka ʻoiaʻiʻo, ʻaʻole i manaʻo me kçia ka nui o ka holomua.

Rep. Mele Carroll's gaming bill was modeled on the success gaming has brought the Tulalip tribe in Washington State.

Ua hoʻopili ʻia ko Luna Makaʻâinana Carroll pila pili waiwai i ka papahana pili waiwai e puka nui ana no ka nâki Tulalip ma Wakinekona mokuʻâina.

"And all the money, the casino revenue is reinvested into that community and they determine the fate of what they are going to do with that money," said Rep. Carroll.

Hoʻohana ʻia nô ke kâlâ e loaʻa ana mai ka pili waiwai no ka pono o ia kaiâulu.

A host of others disagree, including DHHL. One of the concerns raised in Chairman Park's testimony in opposition includes:

Loaʻa nô naʻe ka poʻe kûʻç a ʻo ko DHHL kekahi. Wahi a ko Park manaʻo kûʻç i ka pila, eia kekahi o nâ nînûnç:

"…the potential disadvantages associated with gaming like the negative impacts to local businesses, difficulties with and cost of regulation, and social costs…"

DHHL is facing tough budget decisions that will make it increasingly difficult to provide lands and homes for those many Hawaiians on the waiting list.

He wâ paʻakikî kçia no DHHL iâ lâkou e nânâ a kâlailai moʻohelu ana a kû mai ana nâ âlaina hou aku e pilikia mau ai ka hoʻolako ʻâina a hale ʻana no nâ Hawaiʻi he nui ma ka papa inoa kûkali.

"They are spending $22 million on operations," said Rep. Carroll. "And if you're only producing $13 million or so, they have a long ways to go, and that doesn't even account for the $30 million that's going to go away in a few years."

Ke lilo nei he $22 miliona o ka makahiki. He $13 wale nô miliona ka loaʻa a ma waho kçia o ka ʻoki ʻia o ke $30 miliona o ka makahiki.

The State annually allocates $30 million to DHHL due to a $600 million lawsuit settled in 1995. But the settlement will be paid off by late 2014.

Hoʻolako ana ka mokuʻâina he $30m o ka makahiki iâ DHHL ma muli o ka hoʻonâ ʻia o ka hihia ma 1995 no ka $600 miliona. E hoʻokaʻa ia ana no naʻe ia mau haʻawina kâlâ a pau i ka pau ʻana o ka mh 2014.

"They have a big kuleana to take care of, with over 20,000 people on the list that need homes," said Leona Kalima, lead plantiff of Kalima vs. DHHL.

He kuleana nui a koʻikoʻi me nâ kânaka he 20,000 a ʻoi e kali ana.

"If it's not gaming, tell me what can we do to assist the Department so that they can raise the monies, first of all to make up for that thirty million, but also to help that waitlist to decrease so that we can get more people on the land," said Rep. Carroll.

Inâ ʻaʻole ʻo ka pili waiwai, e haʻi mai nô i ke ʻano e kôkua ʻia ai ʻo DHHL ma ka hoʻulu kâlâ i pani i kçlâ $30 miliona a hoʻihoʻi hou ʻia nâ ʻohana Hawaiʻi i ka ʻâina.

 

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