New Chairman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Alapaki Nahale-A works toward the benefit of his people.
Alapaki Nahale-a was born and raised on Hawaiian Home Lands and is determined to help more Hawaiians experience that.
Aloha kâkou a mahalo i kçia launa hou ʻana mai. Ua hânau a hânai ʻia nô ʻo Alapaki Nahale-a ma ka ʻâina hoʻopulapula a nui kona ʻiʻini e pômaikaʻi like kona poʻe i ia nohona hoʻokahi nô.
"It's not a job to me, it's Kuleana, you know, I was blessed to have access to the trust that Prince Kûhiô left us and I was blessed to have great parents, great family, great coaches and educators, so I feel true obligation to give those opportunities back," said Alapaki Nahale-a, Chair, Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Ua pômaikaʻi au i ka hoʻoilina a Kûhiô i waiho mai ai. He kuleana koʻu e mâlama.
This aloha for the collective struck a chord with Gov. Abercrombie who nominated Alapaki for this position.
Ua ahuwale nô kçia ʻano manaʻo paʻa o Alapaki no ke koʻikoʻi o kçia kûlana no ka pono o ke kaiâulu holoʻokoʻa iâ Kiaʻâina Abercrombie, nâna i koho iâ Alakaʻi no kçia kûlana.
"I felt this was going to be a key to the successful resolution of outstanding issues about land and money and assets and control," stated Neil Abercrombie,Governor.
He koʻikoʻi i ka hoʻoponopono i nâ nînûnç pili kâlâ, kumu waiwai, a mana hoʻokele.
"I think every Chairman has inherited certain problems and opportunities and they've all put their mark on the trust, and I think for me, first and foremost, I want to make sure our beneficiaries are honored and respected.
Waiho ʻia nâ âlaina a ala puka i mua o nâ luna a pau a ʻimi ʻia nô naʻe ka lankakila. Noʻu, ʻo ka mâlama hoʻoilina ka mea nui.
One of the things we are realizing is that a lot of our beneficiaries are turning down homesteading opportunities because they cannot afford the homes we're building.
Ke ʻike nei mâkou i ka hiki ʻole i ka poʻe ke uku i ke kumukûʻai o nâ hale.
We're building much more affordable homes in the market, but even at that rate, sometimes you just can't come up with that mortgage. I am pushing other options, such as rental units or rental-own units.
I loko o ke emi o nâ hale e kûkulu ʻia, mau ka paʻakîkî o ka loaʻa o ka môlaki. No laila ka nânâ i ka hoʻolimalima paha.
My goal is to put at least 200 more Hawaiians into Homesteads this year," said Alapaki.
ʻElua haneli hou ʻohana ma ka ʻâina i kçia makahiki. ʻO ia ka pahuhopu!
Ke aloha to you Alapaki!
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