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State to give OHA Kakaako land in ceded lands settlement

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 p.m. HST, Nov 16, 2011

The state and Office of Hawaiian Affairs are in discussions on an agreement to settle past due amounts owed to OHA from ceded lands payments.

The agreement, which would be subject to public meetings and legislative approval, would involve the state offering land in Kakaako to OHA.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the talks on the "agreement in principle" at a news conference today in his office with OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado.

Under terms of the settlement, the state and OHA would agree that $200 million represents a reasonable compromise to settle disputed claims, the governor's office said in a news release. To satisfy the $200 million claim, the state is conveying "contiguous and adjacent parcels in Kakaako Makai" near Waterfront Park, including Fisherman's Wharf. Land would continue to to remain under the authority of the Hawaii Communty Development Authority and will continue to be under HCDA's rules and zoning.

In exchange, OHA will "release, waive and discharge and and all claims that it, and any other person or entity, might make to ceded lands receipts," the news release said.


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Ronin006 wrote:
Ceded land belong to all of the people of Hawaii, no matter what their ethnicity may be, and, therefore are publicly owned. OHA should get nothing from them.
on November 16,2011 | 12:53PM
JohnD2 wrote:
Federal legislation enacted during the 1920's and the law admitting Hawaii to the union as our 50th State say otherwise, as does the Hawaii Constitution.
on November 16,2011 | 01:32PM
jimbone wrote:
It's either pay the 200m back rent, Or give up some land that equals that....mahalo
on November 16,2011 | 02:24PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wrong. These lands were taken from, and belong to, the descendants of the royal family. The land should be divided amongst those heirs. The land should not be given to OHA but returned to its rightful owners.
on November 16,2011 | 05:55PM
Kauikalewa wrote:
The ocean belongs to everyone as well. It is rising. Ocean front property will be consumed by the high tide and what will we have then? So what did we get here? Maybe by the time the ocean takes it, we'll be history. Ke one hanau.
on November 16,2011 | 07:42PM
keola2011 wrote:
All the people of Hawaiʻi? Who died and made you a landowner? Last time I checked, this Is Hawaiʻi and its indigenous people were the Kanaka Maoli AKA Native Hawaiians. Without us and our culture, this place wouldnʻt sale.
on November 16,2011 | 10:56PM
waikiicapt wrote:
Good luck with this one Neil.....I foresee more roadblocks.
on November 16,2011 | 02:01PM
Fred01 wrote:
This is outrageous! OHA is a branch of the state government, funded by the taxpayers, and is for all the people of Hawaii! How can it "own" land independent of the State? The people will not tolerate this kind of cronyism for much longer.
on November 16,2011 | 02:04PM
smith2650 wrote:
Public money was used to file the claim and public money will be used to settle the claim. The winner: special interests, in this case OHA. The loser: all the citizens of the State of Hawaii and especially those who cannot dip into both the state coffers and the coffers of OHA.
on November 16,2011 | 02:16PM
jimbone wrote:
Pay all the back rent back to the HAWAIIAN people.. Just cause you live Hawaii does'nt make you Hawaiian...You gotta have the BLOOD..
on November 16,2011 | 02:26PM
Lanikaula wrote:
"Land would continue to to remain under the authority of the Hawaii Communty Development Authority and will continue to be under HCDA's rules and zoning. In exchange, OHA will "release, waive and discharge and and all claims that it, and any other person or entity, might make to ceded lands receipts," the news release said." This land should be placed under the "Kaho'olawe Clause" NOT HCDA rules, zoning, etc., OHA IS a STATE agency and does not represent the Native Hawaiian people exclusively, as per the Rice vs Cayetano ruling, e.g. ANYONE can run for its office of Trustee and EVERYONE can vote in its elections of same. THIS settlement is a matter for the Native Hawaiian people to decide, NOT any everyone. The other 80% of the Ceded/Stolen Lands Trust IS already being used/sold/traded/rented already, e.g. airports, harbors, military, state/city infrastructure, schools, etc., w/o compensation to the Native Hawaiian people. The FEDS passed the hewa/kuleana to the State, and BOTH are responsible for the outcome and therefore should it come to it, BOTH WILL BE LIABLE for malfeasance & mismanagement of its TRUST RESPONSIBILITY to its Beneficiaries, the Native Hawaiian people and not everyone. There is nothing that says how much land is being exchanged nor is/has there been an independent appraisal submitted. TSSAAHHH OHA, trying to pull a fast one again!
on November 16,2011 | 02:28PM
WayneHarrison wrote:
Good points made here.
on November 16,2011 | 08:21PM
keola2011 wrote:
Agreed! The land is not for ALL the people of Hawaiʻi because ALL the people of Hawaiʻi are not good caretakers of the land. Aloha ʻāina.
on November 16,2011 | 10:58PM
Changalang wrote:
on November 16,2011 | 03:00PM
Motherof9 wrote:
Exactly. Let's get off the dime here and move forward. Focus on bringing beauty, culture and prosperity back to Kaka'ako Makai. The whole state benefits, and justice is done for Hawaiians. Today. Not another 30 years from now. The longer we stay stuck in this issue, the more pent up anger frustration passes to future generations. Like Changalang said, Imua!
on November 16,2011 | 04:07PM
Pocho wrote:
Get the money and keep on collecting rent.
on November 16,2011 | 04:47PM
Nesmith wrote:
A very happy Hawaiian I am. Hopefully residential housing will be built for Hawaiians. We want to live in town too.
on November 16,2011 | 05:21PM
keola2011 wrote:
Noo...keep the foreigners in town lol. We will stay in our small neighborhoods and towns
on November 16,2011 | 11:00PM
nitestalker3 wrote:
first: will the income fm these land parcels, coming to oha, be taxable by both the feds and state. if not, why not. second: contrary to the belief of some, "hawaiians" were not the original occupiers of the islands. that was the marquesans whom the hawaiians killed off and took the land...much as kamehameha did when he used force against the other kings in the islands to confiscate their lands and people. with true history in mind, there really is no reason to provide these lands to oha or, for that matter, for oha to exist.
on November 16,2011 | 06:21PM
Bothrops wrote:
This was the prime spot for a future Obama Presidential Library if he chose to have it in Hawaii. I guess the Gov knows that the library is going to Chicago.
on November 16,2011 | 06:47PM
entrkn wrote:
Didn't the ancestors of OHA commit genocide against all the real indigenous pacificist agrarian Hawaiians? So how can they be indigenous Hawaiians when they are not? How do we get all our money and property back from them when it is all certified as a fraud? How much interest will have to be assesed? Valid questions deserve valid answers sooner than later, to be fair to all.
on November 16,2011 | 08:12PM
keola2011 wrote:
There OHA goes again, settling for less than what we should get. But than again OHA is a state entity, so the state is only giving the land back to itself. The land should be given to its rightful owners or heirs. But than again, will the land be used to benefit native Hawaiians? most likely not, theyʻll probably sell it.
on November 16,2011 | 11:02PM
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