$200 million ceded lands settlement discussed

Published: Feb. 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2012 at 12:12 AM HST
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Rep. Chris Lee
Rep. Chris Lee

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie and two Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees urged lawmakers Monday to approve a $200 million real estate deal that would settle OHA's ceded lands claims with the state.

Legislative approval is needed to move forward on the tentative settlement agreement announced by the governor and OHA in November. That agreement would transfer more than 25 acres of land near the Kakaako Waterfront Park to OHA.

In return, OHA would waive all ceded lands claims from 1978 through June 2012.

Ceded lands, once owned by the Hawaiian monarchy, are now held in trust by the state for the benefit of Native Hawaiians and the general public.

OHA's current share of ceded lands receipts is about $15.1 million a year.

Two House committees will vote on the proposal Wednesday.

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