Hawaiian Homes Commission to end monthly leases

Published: Jul. 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaiian Homes Commission has unanimously voted to end existing month-to-month land leases as it takes steps to fix problems with its program.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that the commission that oversees the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands plans to give new monthly permits to tenants who are complying with the terms of their rental agreements.

The new permits will be in place up to one year, while the department reworks the program's rules.

The changes come after the newspaper reported widespread problems with the program, including mismanagement and selective enforcement.

Hawaiian Home Lands Deputy Director Darrell Young says it found nearly 20% of roughly 180 revocable-permit parcels statewide were not meeting the terms of agreements. Among the violations were unpaid rent and improper land use.

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