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Ahai Olelo Ola: Ceded lands

On Monday, Amy Kalili showed us one of OHA's legislative initiatives this year, addressing unfairness in Hawaiʻi's criminal justice system.Today, she'll show us another standing injustice – $200 million dollars of ceded lands revenues long past due to OHA.

"There's a lot of unfinished business and that is one of the biggest ones, I think," said Sen. Brickwood Galuteria (D) Chair, Hawaiian Affairs.

He kuleana nui kçia e pono e mâlama ʻia.

The Admissions Act confirms that Native Hawaiians are a beneficiary of the Public Land Trust, which consists of lands that once belonged to the monarchy.

Ma ka pila hoʻohui ʻâina i lilo ai ʻo Hawaiʻi he mokuʻâina o ʻAmelika, hôʻoia ʻia ʻo ke kôkua a hâpai ana i ke kûlana o ka Hawaiʻi, ʻo ia kekahi o nâ mea koʻikoʻi he ʻelima kikoʻî e pômaikaʻi ana i ka waiwai ʻâina lei aliʻi i lilo i ka mokuʻâina ma ia hoʻohui ʻâina ʻana.

OHA should be receiving a fifth of the revenues derived from the use of ceded lands, which include state harbors, airports, and university campuses.

ʻO ka pololei, no ke Keʻena Kuleana Hawaiʻi he hapalima o ke kâlâ e loaʻa ana i ka mokuʻâina no ka hoʻohana ʻana i ka ʻâina lei aliʻi. He mau ʻâina nui loa o ka waiwai ia e laʻa me nâ awa kû moku, nâ kahua mokulele a me nâ honua kulanui.

But for 30 years, between 1978 and 2008, OHA never received what was due.

Akâ no nâ makahiki he 30 ma waena o ka 78 a me ka 2008, ʻaʻole i uku piha ʻia ke Keʻena no ka hoʻohana ʻia o ia mau ʻâina.

"In 2008, we had a settlement between OHA and the State of Hawaiʻi through the Governor's office, and the settlement essentially said that for $200 million dollars, OHA was willing to settle these past-due payments that were owed to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs," said Clyde Nâmuʻo

CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Ua hâpai ʻia he pila ma 2008, he $200 miliona e uku ʻia iâ OH no ka hoʻoponopono i kçia ʻaiʻç.

Proposed settlements in 2008 and 2009 that included a mix of assets didn't pass through the legislature.

ʻOiai ua hâpai ʻia nâ pili e hoʻokô ʻia ai kçia ʻaiʻç ma o ka hâʻawi i kekahi mau kumu waiwai iâ OHA ma nâ kau ʻahaʻôlelo ma ka 2008 a 2009 pû, ʻaʻole nô i puka kekahi o ia mau pila ma ka ʻahaʻôlelo.

"In 2010, we recognized that the state had a very serious financial downturn. So we had actually encouraged the state to approve funding of the $200 million but to postpone payments for the next five years. That bill did not pass either," said Nâmuʻo.

No ke kûlanalana o ka ʻekonomia, ua paipai ʻia ko ka ʻahaʻôlelo ʻâpono ʻana i ka uku  i ka $200m me ka hoʻopaneʻe i ka uku maoli ʻana no ʻelima makahiki.

The fight for past-due ceded lands revenues will continue this year, despite the still-down economy.

E hoʻomau ʻia ana kçia paio ʻana no ke kâlâ i loaʻa mai ka hoʻolimalima ʻia ʻana o nâ ʻâina lei aliʻi i kçia makahiki, ma loko nô o ke kûlanalana mau o ka ʻekonomia.

"We need resources to help our community. And I can argue the merits of the state living up to its obligation, but the reality is that the more resources we have to help our community, the better our position will be," said Nâmuʻo.

ʻO ka mea nui, ma waho i ka minamina o kçia ʻaiʻç, ʻo ia ke ʻano e ʻoi aku ai ka ikaika o ke kaiâulu i ka lako kumu waiwai.

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