By Roger Mari
KAPOLEI (KHNL) -- Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole played a significant role in the passage of the law, which provides lands for native Hawaiians.
Wednesday, a new building was dedicated to the Prince in honor of his birthday.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will call this two-story building their new headquarters. It's the first State Department to move it's entire operations to Kapolei.
"The major significance is just access for our beneficiaries to be closer to the services that we're providing. They won't have to fight the hustle and bustle of going downtown," said Micah Kane.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chairman Micah Kane believes this new building in east Kapolei could someday be the hub of state government.
"I think it's going to have a watershed effect to us just better serving as a government agency a constituancy. It's going to force government to operate a little differntly in better serving our people."
It's only fitting that the 45,000 square foot office complex be called Hale Kalanianaole, in commemoration of Prince Kuhio and all he did for Hawaii.
"It's unfortunate he passed away a year after the Hawaiian Home Commision Act was enacted and I think it's important to carry on his vision."
This new building honors an outstanding leader on his birthday.