Key Committee Approves OHA Settlement

HONOLULU (AP) - A majority of Hawaii representatives have approved a settlement that aims to resolve a long-running dispute over land that once belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The deal would end a 30-year fight over how the state should meet its constitutional obligation to pay the Office of Hawaiian Affairs income from land ceded to the government.

The agreement would hand over more than 200 acres to Native Hawaiians, including about 80 acres of the Big Island resort area along Banyan Drive in Hilo.

Twenty-six lawmakers on three committees voted on the bill Wednesday, with the only "no" vote coming from Rep. Silvia Luke representing Pacific Heights and Punchbowl.

The bill now advances to a vote by the full House before being considered by the Senate.