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AG: Geothermal revenue must go to Native Hawaiians

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:10 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2014



Hawaii's attorney general says royalties from geothermal resource development on Hawaiian home lands must be used to benefit Native Hawaiians.

State Attorney General David Louie announced his formal opinion on the issue Tuesday, saying 100 percent of the royalties must go to Native Hawaiians.

He says he came to the conclusion after a comprehensive legal analysis by deputy attorney generals in his office.

His opinion also concludes that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is the only state entity authorized to manage geothermal resources on Hawaiian home lands.

Louie says he hopes his formal opinion will help the lawmakers and the community understand the department's rights to the economic benefits of geothermal resource development on home lands.







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Mike174 wrote:
Well then, why bother...
on March 19,2014 | 07:02AM
MoTown808 wrote:
The Star-Advertiser is a little late to the table in presenting this news-story and it doesn't help readers learn more. The Hawaii Independent reported this breaking news yesterday and they even provided a link to the Attorney General's opinion 14-1. Readers can access that opinion by going to http://ag.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/AG-Opinion-14-1.pdf


on March 19,2014 | 09:05AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Which is a reason why the Demoncrats Marxists went after Faye Hanohano incorrectly calling her "racist." The REAL reason they went after her is because she is against geothermal in Puna introduced HB 1766 and HB 2359. They are so nasty when they do not get their way.


on March 19,2014 | 08:20AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Trying to defend the indefensible.
on March 19,2014 | 08:46AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, where and why should the royalties only enrich the "Native Hawaiians"?? Strange legal ruling interpreted by the Deputy AG.
on March 19,2014 | 08:53AM
8082062424 wrote:
because it is on Hawaiian lands plain and simple
on March 19,2014 | 08:59AM
MoTown808 wrote:
cojef - The Deputy AG's did not interpret a "strange legal ruling."

The law that conditioned Hawaii's admission as a state of the Union specifically provides that “all proceeds and income from the ‘available lands’, as defined by the [HHCA], shall be used only in carrying out the provisions of [the HHCA].”
on March 19,2014 | 09:08AM
pcman wrote:
This policy will stop the investments in geothermal. The common man did not own any resources under the Hawaiian forms of governing. The lands were owned by the royalty and lands were delegated down to chieftains who managed the people. When the chieftains died, land was passed to another person or down the mother's line, not the father's line.
on March 19,2014 | 06:24PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Just make sure that the native Hawaiians who benefit are REAL native Hawaiians, i.e. NOT PART native Hawaiian.
on March 19,2014 | 09:23AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Anyone with Hawaiian blood is Hawaiian!
on March 19,2014 | 11:54AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
You smell that? That, son, is ignorance.
on March 19,2014 | 11:57AM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
on March 19,2014 | 02:02PM
hanalei395 wrote:
sailfish is a REAL non-Hawaiian.
on March 19,2014 | 03:16PM
rayhawaii wrote:
The Hawaiians protested geothermal development so they shouldn't get everything just a small % savings on their electric bill.
on March 19,2014 | 12:05PM
MoTown808 wrote:
Another idiotic comment.

Funny how you want to lump all Hawaiians together, The Hawaiians protested . . . Even if they did, that does not justify giving the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands the proceeds from geothermal development on DHHL lands. Even if all Hawaiians protested geothermal energy, if someone is going to go on those lands and develop it against their will, Hawaiians should still get 100% of the proceeds.
on March 19,2014 | 12:38PM
wiliki wrote:
Do Hawaiians own the water under DHHL lands?
on March 19,2014 | 06:09PM
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