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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From the ceded lands to the passage of the Akaka Bill, how should OHA best use it's resources to help its beneficiaries? Amy Kalili introduces us to the candidates who will show us how.

Aloha nui kâkou. Ua noho a walaʻau me nâ moho no kekahi kiʻina e piʻi a ka loaʻa o ke kâlâ a pçia kekahi kiʻina hana e lilo nui nei ke kâlâ.

We spoke with candidates about critical income generating issue and another that has cost a lot of money.

Mau nô ka ʻimi ʻana o OHA i ka hoʻokaʻa ʻia o ka ʻaiʻç he $200 miliona no ko mokuʻâina hoʻohana i nâ ʻâina lei aliʻi mai ka makahiki 1978 a i ka 2008. Pehea ka manaʻo o kçia mau moho no ka hoʻoponopono?

OHA still seeks to collect $200 million in past due revenues from the state's use of ceded lands from 1978-2008. What solutions are candidates proposing?

I don't think that it's improper or not correct to ask one hundred percent of what we're due.

Jackie Kahoʻokele Burke

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

ʻAʻohe hewa iki o ke noi i ka uku piha ʻia o kçia ʻaiʻç.

We are owed the complete back rent of the ceded lands settlement

Leona Kalima

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

E uku piha ʻia mai ka wâ ma mua i kçia mua aku.

Koho, hoʻoholo. ʻAʻole e waiho kçlâ mea e lewalewa ana.

Kama Hopkins

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

Pick a course of action and do it. Don't leave this issue dangling.

ʻOi aku ka maikaʻi o ka ʻâina ma mua o ke kâlâ.

Michael Malulani Odegaard

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

Land means more to us than money.

We don't want pôhaku lands anymore. We want good land.

(peter)

Kûpono hoʻi nâ ʻâina momona.

We can expedite and get those funds so that they work for the beneficiaries of OHA.

Joseph Kûhiô Lewis

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

Lana ka manaʻo no ka holomua i ka loaʻa o ke kiaʻâina hou.

We know the value of land. That's why we love it so much.

Kealiʻi Makekau

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large 

He waiwai lua ʻole nô hoʻi ka ʻâina.

I think the beneficiaries are left out of some of the important decisions that are made for Native Hawaiians.

Willy Meyers

Candidate, OHA Trustee – At-Large

Kûpono ka ʻimi ʻia o ka manaʻo o nâ Hawaiʻi.

The only thing we can do really is to keep pushing the legislature.

Walter Heen

Candidate, OHA Trustee – Oʻahu

Pono wale e mau ka ʻimi.

Ma kekahi ʻaoʻao o kçia haʻilula moʻohelu, nui ke kâlâ a OHA e hoʻolilo ana no ka paipai aku i ka puka o ka pila Akaka. Ua kûkâkûkâ ʻia kçia me nâ moho a lohe ʻia ko lâkou manaʻo no ka pila kikoʻî a me kçia hoʻolilo kâlâ ʻana no ke kâkoʻo aku.

On the flip side of the equation, OHA has put much resource into lobbying the Akaka bill. Candidates chimed in with thoughts on spending and the bill itself.

Akâ, ʻaʻole hiki ke hoʻôle i nâ manaʻo me nâ ʻiʻini o nâ kânaka Hawaiʻi ʻç aʻe a pau.

(kama)

We need to pay attention to all perspectives.

Every path to self-governance should be examined.

(heen)

E kâlailai ʻia nâ kiʻina hoʻihoʻi ea a pau.

Akaka Bill, to me, is the single most important food on the table for us right now.

(peter)

ʻO ia pila kahi laulau nui loa ma ke pâkaukau nei.

No ke aha ʻaʻole i kûkulu ʻia i kçia pila ma nâ ʻelua… ma nâ ʻôlelo ʻelua?

(malulani)

Why wasn't the bill written in both Hawaiian and English?

The only real way to pass the Akaka bill is with the people on board.

(joe)

Pono ke alu like i mea e puka ai.

The window of opportunity – 10 years – hasn't shut yet.

(leona)

Pono e hoʻoholo i kçia manawa. Ua hala he 10 makahiki, akâ mau nô ka hiki.

It's never been for the people and by the people.

(jackie)

ʻAʻole pili kçia i ka poʻe.

Dass big money that should be here for the beneficiaries that stay here that nevah bag.

(willy)

ʻO ke kâlâ i hoʻolilo ʻia, e aho ka hoʻohana no nâ kama ma ka ʻâina nei.

We're gonna lobby the Akaka bill and all its millions and millions and millions of dollars.. Sorry young girl. But you will be an Indian one day.

(kealiʻi)

Nui ka lilo ma kçia pila i mea e lilo ai he mau ʻilikini.

No ka ʻike hou aku no kçia mau moho e nânâ mai nô iâ ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola i kçia Lâ Pule ma ka 4:30p. Aloha.

For more on this, tune in Sunday at 4:30p for ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola.

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