Homestead residents await housing fixes

HONOLULU (AP) - The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is fielding complaints that it doesn't respond fast enough to recurring problems on leasehold dwellings sold to Native Hawaiians.

Denise Kaaa tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that her Oahu home has frequently flooded in the 13 years since she bought the home and that water damage has made a bottom-floor addition worthless.

Kaaa says many homes in her 83-unit subdivision have water or settling problems.

Harold Vidinha says shards of glass and metal debris appear after heavy rain on the ground around his Kauai home.

Department spokesman Puni Chee most of the 1,500 homes sold in the last 10 years have not had problems.

He says in a written response that the agency strives to investigate, review and work toward resolution when problems arise.

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