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State Supreme Court: Hawaiian Homelands entitled to far less than what lower court ruled

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Department of Hawaiian Homes is entitled to millions of dollars less than it hoped.

Beneficiaries of the homelands program sued the state several years ago, saying the state Legislature was required by the state constitution to adequately fund the program.

A court ruled that $28 million a year was the appropriate amount. 

But the state Supreme Court rejected that figure.

Instead, the court said, the department is entitled to an amount equal to what was appropriated in 1978 ($1.3 to $1.6 million) adjusted for inflation.

It is not clear how much that would be exactly, but it is expected to be far less than the $28 million recommended by the lower court, which was ordered to do the new calculation.

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