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DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS


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No more excuses

Strict federal and state oversight is needed to stop decades of mismanagement


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 10, 2013

~~<p>The performance of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in providing leases to Native Hawaiians has been disgraceful for decades &mdash; and strong oversight, federal and state, is needed to put it squarely on the right track. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is right in prodding the U.S. Interior Department to exercise its badly needed oversight authority and the Abercrombie administration must take strong action to revamp the state agency's poor performance.</p>
<p>Over three days this week, the Star-Advertiser's Rob Perez exposed malpractice in rendering monthly land leases, the latest revelation of mismanagement that has plagued DHHL and been cited in five critical reports by the state auditor over the past 20 years. But the department, chronically, has neglected to respond as it should &mdash; as it must &mdash; on behalf of the Native Hawaiians it is supposed to be helping. Since a federal task force critique in 1983, the DHHL continues to ignore criticism for failing to ensure land permits in a fair and uniform process.</p>
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The performance of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in providing leases to Native Hawaiians has been disgraceful for decades — and strong oversight, federal and state, is needed to put it squarely on the right track. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is right in prodding the U.S. Interior Department to exercise its badly needed oversight authority and the Abercrombie administration must take strong action to revamp the state agency's poor performance.

Over three days this week, the Star-Advertiser's Rob Perez exposed malpractice in rendering monthly land leases, the latest revelation of mismanagement that has plagued DHHL and been cited in five critical reports by the state auditor over the past 20 years. But the department, chronically, has neglected to respond as it should — as it must — on behalf of the Native Hawaiians it is supposed to be helping. Since a federal task force critique in 1983, the DHHL continues to ignore criticism for failing to ensure land permits in a fair and uniform process. Login for more...



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