OHA’s Land Proposal Faces Next Stop in Senate

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REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS – HONOLULU, HAWAII – The public will get to comment again Monday on the state’s offer to resolve longstanding claims for past-due revenues owed to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Two Senate Committees have scheduled a 10 a.m. joint hearing at the State Capitol on Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s proposal to transfer 10 parcels of mostly waterfront property in Kaka’ako Makai valued at an estimated $200 million.


If voted out of the joint sessions scheduled by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor along with the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, the measure’s next stop would be the floor of the full Senate.

The proposal could potentially provide OHA with an economic boost to help fund community-based programs aimed at improving conditions for Native Hawaiians

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Water Land & Ocean Resources as well as the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs approved the measure amid public testimony overwhelmingly in support of it.