City crews got to work late in the evening to check on a broken sewer line on Kalanianaole Highway near Niu Valley. The Department of Environmental Services, which oversees the city’s public waste water system, says it stopped responding to trouble calls from Oahu homesteads eight years ago because it does not own or have licenses for sewer lines in homesteads.
Beneficiaries suffer in jurisdiction disputes over sewers, roads and building codes
Confusion about who has jurisdiction over Native Hawaiian homesteads throughout the state has led to inconsistencies in the delivery of county services — a problem that shortchanges mainly Oahu homesteaders. Story »
A new Kauai home that was completed two years ago through a self-help program sits empty and boarded up, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has yet to get a buyer into the four-bedroom dwelling.
Dozens of homes, many of them dilapidated or boarded up, are sitting empty on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property around the state even as thousands of Native Hawaiian beneficiaries are waiting to get residential homestead lots from the agency, according to residents of the homestead communities. Story »
Dozens of tenants are leasing more than 38,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for as little as pennies per acre monthly, with the deals administered through a revocable-permit program plagued by lax oversight and selective enforcement, a Star-Advertiser investigation has found.
MOLOAA, Kauai >> The violation was blatant and easy to verify. Sometime before he became a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands commissioner in 2005, Stuart Hanchett built an unauthorized home here on 316 acres of ranch land he was leasing from the agency. Story »
ANAHOLA, Kauai » For several years, Robin Danner has been a persistent critic of top administrators at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Danner, a Native Hawaiian homesteader unafraid to speak her mind, apparently is paying the price for being so vocal. Story »
ANAHOLA, Kauai »This is a story of beauty and blight, of two beachfront properties side by side along a picturesque stretch of the northeastern shore. One lot is vacant, littered with trash, abandoned cars and other bulky items tossed aside and forgotten long ago. Most of the structures are severely dilapidated, ruined by years of neglect. Story »
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