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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands: Broken Promises
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole authored an Act of Congress in 1921 that promised 203,000 acres of land to restore land and dignity to Native Hawaiians. Nearly 100 years later, only 9,700 homesteads have been opened and 44,000 Hawaiians are on a waitlist. What went wrong and what can be done about it?
Why the working group?
After almost 100 years since the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 9,700 leases given, and over 44,000 on the waitlist, Representative Gene Ward formed a study group to analyze what could be done to fulfill the Prince's promise.
He interviewed every living former director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, past and present trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and stakeholders in the Hawaiian and real estate communities. On this website, you will find our research paper and video project that summarize the group's findings. Below, you will find a sign up box to let us know how you would like to get involved.
The goal of this project is action. Our hope is to create the grassroots support necessary to bring real change to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and to fulfill Prince Kūhiō's almost 97-year-old promise.
PDF: DOWNLOAD THE RESEARCH PAPER
VIMEO: Full-Length Video
VIMEO: 8-Minute Video
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