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DHHL to overhaul troubled revocable permit program

By Rob Perez

LAST UPDATED: 04:29 p.m. HST, Jul 23, 2013

 Previous coverage:  DHHL Mismanagement

LIHUE >> The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands today started the process to reform its controversial program of leasing land on a month-to-month basis.

By a 7-0 vote on Kauai, the commission that oversees the department approved converting the nearly 180 monthly permits to another type of short-term rental agreement while DHHL develops new rules to restructure its revocable permit system.

The agency expects to develop the proposed new rules in the next months and, if approved by the commission, distribute them to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries for their feedback. The department is expected to make the changes to the proposed rules based on that feedback and then ask the commission for final approval.

The commission took the action today following a Star-Advertiser investigative series in May that found the revocable permit program plagued by problems of mismanagement, lax oversight and selective enforcement.

After the series ran, DHHL inspected nearly all of the 178 parcels and found 20 percent to not be in compliance with the permit terms, a department spokesman said.

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WooWoo wrote:
This is why we need more good journalists.
on July 23,2013 | 03:34PM
DonkeyCurl wrote:
It's about time! Next fire the Forestry Manager on the Big Island for DHHL!
on July 23,2013 | 03:41PM
Kapua91 wrote:
Who's the Forestry Manager?
on July 23,2013 | 04:18PM
cojef wrote:
Isn't there an Inspector General Office or internal audit organization?
on July 23,2013 | 03:45PM
WooWoo wrote:
There's the state auditor's office, but they only look where the legislature tells them, and then there is no requirement for anyone to read or act on the report. You can google for their website and read some reports. They are usually quite good, there's just no follow-up by the politicians because we live in an apathetic, one-party state.
on July 23,2013 | 03:51PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Not likely since one of the "offenders" singled out was Senator Malama Solomon. She would probably pull a power play to stop an audit by the State Auditor.
on July 23,2013 | 09:43PM
localguy wrote:
I will give DHHL credit for admitting their program was flawed and in need of repair. I will give them more credit when they are done and all the critics agree the new program is the best it can be. Pressure is on DHHL, let's see if the meet the standard.
on July 23,2013 | 03:51PM
bumba wrote:
I call b___s__t. They're only reforming because they were exposed. Somebody needs to be held accountable for all the Hawaiians that got screwed in the past 40 years.
on July 23,2013 | 04:06PM
Pocho wrote:
I agree and do we really think DHHL will terminate or ask for the destruction of residential homes on these properties. My bet, they'll Grandfather in the CHEATERS
on July 23,2013 | 05:36PM
Slow wrote:
I am a cynic. I am truly impressed with so many Hawaiians I know who are not. Even with DHHL abusing them for decades. I do not confuse aloha with weakness. The Hawaiians are undeniably strong. I hope the DHHL can better serve the people.
on July 23,2013 | 04:07PM
Kapua91 wrote:
I wonder if one o the 20%ers will be Senator Solomon? She has a lot of leased land on the Big Island. Jus' wonderin'?
on July 23,2013 | 04:18PM
palani wrote:
There are some 205,000 acres available to about 26,000 Native Hawaiians on the waitlist. That works out to almost 8 acres per applicant.

Enter all 26,000 into separate lotteries for residential, agricultural, and pastoral lots, with each family assigned according to their stated preference. Immediately award all entrants homestead properties, without preconditions. Allow those new leaseholders to sublet, trade, or develop the lands as they see fit, even if a few choose to do nothing but frame their lease and mount it on the wall.

After this, reduce the size of the DHHL to a skeleton staff tasked with accommodating new applicants and processing expired leases.

on July 23,2013 | 04:32PM
false wrote:
I think you're on to something palani...
on July 23,2013 | 04:49PM
etc.etc.etc. wrote:
Heard DLNR follows a very similar process for their monthly permits too! And, I think they have lots more than only 178 permits. Someone told me DLNR's idea of a site inspection is a photo of a mailbox!
on July 23,2013 | 06:40PM
Big C wrote:
How about the DLNR join the process and overhaul their building permit approval process on structures over 50 years old.
on July 23,2013 | 06:58PM
Lanikaula wrote:
The kuleana of this program belongs with the Feds. THEY started the program and just like the situation the Micronesians are faced we have an ABSENT 'LANDLORD.' Let's not forget, it was the FEDS who instituted this program, but WITH NO INTENTION for its success, i.e, the WORST lands, NO water, NO resource$$$$ to fund programs to build, subsequently all this fuss and 'noise' about remedies. THIS is what RECONCILIATION promised by the Apology Bill, Sec 1 (4) & (5) GUARANTEES!! This state hasn't the $$$ and it's REALLY the Federal Government's kuleana...it's a FEDERAL ACT ain't it?!? THEN FUND IT! What's that they too have no $$$? Ck out their Defense Budget people, ck out ALL the taxes are being collected for their bogus wars in foreign countries, i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan. How do you think that war was paid? When gasoline prices were raised a dollar it was meant to raise $9Billion a month to pay for the wars!! Now that one of those wars is over and the other almost pau, WHY is the price of gas over TWO DOLLARS from PRE-'WAR' TIME?! Because the OIL-I-GARCHY & the greedy POLITICIANS/government got tooooooo comfortable with the XTRA $$$ and making every continue to pay for their FAT CAT POLITICS! THIS has eveything to do with Y the DHHL program or ANY PROGRAM for this matter are getting funds cut...GREED through TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION...the same thing that caused the revolutionary war in america!
on July 23,2013 | 08:32PM
Bully wrote:
The system is not broken its the people responsible for making it work that are not doing the job. These are the same people that are supposed to overhaul it. I doubt it. Do you job and it will work.
on July 23,2013 | 08:38PM
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