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Ceded lands settlement approved by Legislature

By Associated Press


The passage of a $200 million settlement between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs settles a decades-old dispute. It also opens new opportunities.

The settlement transfers about 30 acres of prime Kakaako real estate to OHA, which will then waive all claims on revenue from former crown lands dating back to 1978.

After the historic Friday vote, OHA Chairwoman Collette Machado said the quasi-state agency has yet to come up with a formal plan because it would have been premature to look at the big picture while the settlement was still pending.

Now the only thing left is Gov. Abercrombie's signature. The governor said the bill signing will most likely take place at a ceremony at Washington Place, the former home of Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani.

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Changalang wrote:
Mahalo and Imua !
on March 30,2012 | 04:21PM
serious wrote:
I hope they can do more with the property than the state did. Beautiful piece of land but needs TLC.
on March 30,2012 | 06:00PM
what wrote:
Honolulu needs more parks and open space for the people to enjoy. I hope they do something nice, but I'm afraid Hawaiians have a "cash in" or "cash out" mentality, and want to squeeze the property for financial gain.
on March 30,2012 | 07:01PM
star08 wrote:
I wonder where "they" got that mentality? And why would you invoke some "hawaiian..mentality." Are you suggesting they are different from all the rest of the realtors and property speculators that have piece-mealed Hawaii nei?
on March 30,2012 | 09:26PM
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