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'Pick and Choose'

Some say the agency heavily scrutinizes its critics while violations by others are overlooked

By Rob Perez

LAST UPDATED: 04:32 p.m. HST, Feb 12, 2014

This story has been corrected. See below.


ANAHOLA, Kauai » For several years, Robin Danner has been a persistent critic of top administrators at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

She has openly questioned their decisions, accused them of abuse of power, and several months ago publicly opposed the confirmation of Jobie Masa­ga­tani, the department's director.

Danner, a Native Hawaiian homesteader unafraid to speak her mind, apparently is paying the price for being so vocal.

A beachfront project established here by a homesteaders-controlled nonprofit she heads has attracted heightened scrutiny from DHHL even as violations involving other department lands have been all but ignored, according to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, including two who sit on the Hawaiian Homes Commission, the body that oversees the department.

"It seems obvious to me that the hurdles placed in front of her have been unfair," said Ian Lee Loy, a commissioner from the Big Island. He was referring to the requirements the department has imposed on a youth camp that Danner's Homestead Community Development Corp. is developing on a 5-acre parcel at Ana­hola Bay. The organization has a month-to-month revocable permit from DHHL to use the site.

The level of scrutiny given Kumu Camp has been ridiculous, according to Lee Loy, a Hawaii County police detective. He noted, for instance, that DHHL asked to see building permits for the camp's so-called tentalows because of the "preposterous" claim that "the tent could be blown away with users in them," according to an email he sent to Masa­ga­tani in February.

"I can smell stink stuff when it's there," Lee Loy told the Star-Advertiser in a telephone interview recently.

Beneficiaries critical of the department say the scrutiny Danner's group is getting is not surprising.

They say DHHL at best is inconsistent in how it treats land users and beneficiaries and at worst engages in double standards, dealing more harshly with those not in the department's favor.



A state senator is among beneficiaries who are able to get undeveloped ranch or farmland without having to wait years for a homesteading lot.
Native Hawaiians hold only about a third of DHHL revocable permits.

"Forked tongue? Double standard? Yes," said Renwick "Uncle Joe" Tassil, another DHHL commissioner who, like Lee Loy, has pushed for reforms. "There is no policy, no system — just pick and choose for those to benefit, those to abuse."

Tassil and LEE Loy were among the four commissioners who took the unusual step to publicly oppose Masa­ga­tani's confirmation earlier this year. Masa­ga­tani was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as DHHL director and commission chairwoman.

DHHL denies singling out Danner or targeting people who criticize the agency.

"There is unequivocally no intention by this department or this administration to target any of its critics," Deputy Director Darrell Young said in written responses to Star-Advertiser questions. "DHHL has to prioritize its investigations based on its limited resources. DHHL has received an extraordinary number of complaints regarding the Kumu Camp project."

A Star-Advertiser analysis of how Danner's group has been treated compared with several other revocable permit holders shows a distinct difference in levels of scrutiny.

When DHHL received complaints about construction activities at the Kumu Camp site, for instance, the department sent a representative to the property to investigate.

But when Danner and Lorraine Rapozo, president of the Ana­hola Hawaiian Homes Association, the parent group of Danner's nonprofit, complained in 2010 about a sitting commissioner, Stuart Hanchett, living in an unauthorized home on Kauai land that he was leasing from DHHL, the department sent no one to investigate.

The revocable permit Hanchett had — and still has — for the 316 acres of ranch land in Moloaa prohibits residential use. Hanchett, who left the commission in mid-2011, recently told the Star-Advertiser he knew he wasn't supposed to build a home there but did so anyway so he could live on the property to combat a theft and vandalism problem. As of last week Hanchett still lived there.

When Lee Loy and another commissioner, Kama Hopkins, in February emailed Masa­ga­tani to bring up the Hanchett matter, no one was sent to the site to investigate then, either.

And when a DHHL staff member visited the Kumu Camp parcel recently to inspect it, the staffer did not go to the Moloaa property, which is less than 10 miles away.

The department only recently started investigating the Hanchett issue after the Star-Advertiser began inquiring about the case.

When asked why the issue wasn't investigated in 2010, Young said he couldn't speculate about the actions of previous DHHL administrations. In November 2010 DHHL was headed by Kaulana Park, who was appointed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle. Park would not comment.

But even though the department was run by Park at the time, the person who headed DHHL's land management division, which oversees the revocable-permit program, is the same person who heads it today: Linda Chinn.

Chinn did not offer the Star-Advertiser an explanation about why the matter had not been investigated for 21⁄2 years.

Another difference in treatment focused on requests for licenses, which are longer-term rental agreements that enable the tenant to build permanent structures and get financing, and provide other advantages over month-to-month permits. Such licenses are geared for nonprofits and utility-related uses.

When Danner's nonprofit requested a license for the beachfront parcel, it was denied, and a revocable permit was approved instead, she said.

But when Hanchett in 2010 sought to convert his revocable permit to a 20-year license for his newly formed nonprofit, Chinn recommended to the commission that it be approved — without resolving the question about the unauthorized house. The commission never voted on the proposal.

DHHL also rejected a request by Danner's group to use a 3-acre sliver of beachfront property adjacent to both the camp parcel and a row of million-dollar homes. One homeowner who has been using the DHHL land said no one from the department has contacted him about the property in the three years he's owned the home.

Beneficiaries cited other cases to illustrate what they said was a double standard.

Rapozo, the association president, said her group complained for at least 15 to 20 years about the condition of a DHHL parcel, known as Camp Faith, adjacent to the Kumu Camp site. But the department didn't take action against the tenant, Lihue First Church, until last year, after Rapozo's group lodged a complaint in writing, beneficiaries said.

The church's revocable permit was terminated in June, and the church vacated the site in August.

Young said the first written request to deal with the Camp Faith property was received by Rapozo's group in April 2012, prompting the investigation that led to the permit revocation.

Beneficiaries also point to the case involving what is known as Correa Ranch in Wai­ma­nalo.

The commission in March 2009 revoked the permit issued to brothers Weston and Nowlin Correa, citing multiple violations. The case was referred to the attorney general's office for possible eviction action.

But today, more than four years later, the Correas still are using the property. DHHL and the attorney general's office declined comment. Nowlin Correa did not respond to requests for comment.

If any potential violations are found at Kumu Camp, the department likely would not wait months or years to act, beneficiaries said.

Rapozo said DHHL officials have treated Danner unfairly because they despise her. "It really saddens me," she said.

Lee Loy, the commissioner, likewise said any project involving Danner seems to be met with resistance at the department.

Young said DHHL sent a staffer to the Kumu Camp site because of multiple concerns raised by area residents, particularly during excavation and construction work there.

While saying the department appreciates what the homestead group has done at the campsite, Young cited more than half a dozen concerns about the project, including failing to submit plans for department approval before building permanent structures.

Young said the agency "would like to work with them on resolving these outstanding issues."

Danner, who considers herself an advocate for Hawaiians, not a DHHL critic, said her group already has addressed each of the concerns, including submitting plans to the department for what she characterized as temporary structures.

But every step of the way, she added, her group has faced one obstacle after another.

"DHHL has given us nothing but grief," Danner said.

CORRECTION: The first name of Weston Correa was misspelled in the original version of this article.

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ejkorvette wrote:
Sista Robin Danner, I am with you and your organization 100%! In fact, I agree with you and your claims that you are being targeted because you choose to speak out. I will March with your organization, Protest with you, Fight alongside you if needed, and do whatever is necessary to Get Rid of the Devils in the Office that are Evil and Drunken with Psuedo Authority. You tell me when, where, and I am there. And I will not be ALONE!!!
on May 6,2013 | 02:44AM
postmanx wrote:
Of course she's being targeted, that's how it's done around here. Hawaii is reputed to have the most corrupt government in all of the United States.
on May 6,2013 | 07:21AM
kailuabred wrote:
And what source did you use for that claim?
on May 6,2013 | 09:20AM
Imagen wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 10:58AM
false wrote:
I wouldn't go as far as saying the most but I'd say in the upper 5%.
on May 6,2013 | 09:53AM
Leinanij wrote:
Have you ever lived in Chicago? New York? Philadelphia? Cleveland or New Orleans? There are many more cities that are corrupt than small-time Hawaii. Rod Blagojevich was the 4th Illinois Governor since I was born and Hawaii only has sexual misconduct, tax fraud and leaving the scene of an accident. How does that become the "most" corrupt government postmanx?
on May 6,2013 | 12:19PM
allie wrote:
Great work Rob. Hawaiians ripping off other Hawaiians is an old story out here. As I said 2 years ago, Hawaii is characterized by fear and intimidation. The history of Hawaii is the history of fear and class exploitation. Goes all the way back to ancient Hawaii. Yes, I am mandan but it takes an outsider to see which way the wind blows-the foul winds-out here.
on May 6,2013 | 08:02AM
holokanaka wrote:
I assume, you allie, are including the conspiracy and fear (us military) america used to claim annexation of these Islands in your "fear and exploitation".
on May 6,2013 | 01:51PM
allie wrote:
No, Hawaii begged for annexation for years (1893-1898) before the US Congress granted it. Most Americans never wanted Hawaii at all. Read the record. But fear and intimidation go back 2,000 years out here. It is the true record of Hawaii.
on May 6,2013 | 02:06PM
DiverDave wrote:
holokanaka does not go to the library, allie. The only book he reads is his sovereignty kook handbook. The "Handbook" says falsities like "the (us military) America used to claim annexation of these islands". LOL the U.S. Military annexed the islands, eh? Too funny! LOL
on May 6,2013 | 02:44PM
holokanaka wrote:
joker why don't you tell the ICC (International Criminal Court) that "the (us military) america used to claim annexation" is false. that way you can prevent a lot of unnecessary work with the filings and investigation of war crimes in these Islands. you can tell the ICC that there is a binding and legal annexation treaty of these Island and therefore no cause of action eh st*pid.
on May 6,2013 | 09:35PM
holokanaka wrote:
you again prove you are a liar. remember when I asked you if you read Nation Within and Aloha Betrayed and you stated you read those books? if you read those books there is no way you could honestly ever state "Hawaii begged for annexation". I am beginning to see why everyone calls you a liar (all lies). how can you stand to look your self in the mirror. you are a sad excuse for a human being.
on May 6,2013 | 09:24PM
false wrote:
Obviously DHHL doesn't care. Just see how many years complaints have gone unchecked.
on May 6,2013 | 09:51AM
allie wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 10:25AM
allie wrote:
agree..Danner is good to speak out and tell the truth about things. We owe her a debt of gratitude for exposing the corruption.
on May 6,2013 | 01:12PM
reamesr1 wrote:
I can smell stink stuff when it's there. How right you are brudda Ian. Sound like they need to clean house. If Hawaiian decendants are not on the board they should be.
on May 6,2013 | 03:14AM
kailua000 wrote:
Those who are Hawaiian decendants have proven they are just as crooked as anyone else (ex: old Kamehameha Board) , that being said I do believe they should be but find some who are not self serving, part of the old boys club who will actually do what is best for the native hawaiians. Its like our state government, same people running for the same offices every year. nothing will get better if we dont get some new blood. Same here. Ms. Danner needs to continue to speak out, let everyone know about the self serving people up there.
on May 6,2013 | 03:18AM
allie wrote:
yup..but Hawaiian corruption is more devastating to Hawaiians. But it has gone on for centuries.
on May 6,2013 | 08:03AM
turbolink wrote:
Wow Allie, you flip flop with your "compensated comments" like a swinging bar door. Yesterday you challenged a posting by asking "You think Hawaiians are less competent when it comes to their own self interests than any other ethnic or racial group? Why the low expectations?" You just like to stir up controversy, don't you?
on May 6,2013 | 08:59AM
kailuabred wrote:
She's a very dim bulb. Been that way for years.
on May 6,2013 | 09:21AM
allie wrote:
I speak the truth. Exploitation by Hawaiians hurting Hawaiians is just wrong. Let us just say that
on May 6,2013 | 10:26AM
turbolink wrote:
Kaching, you are compensated for another post, and that's the truth.
on May 6,2013 | 04:58PM
silvangold wrote:
...........................................YUP, das allie.....n wow.....she's back. couple weeks of no commenting from her, I thought she went back to North Dakota!!!! too bad she's back
on May 6,2013 | 10:40AM
Skyler wrote:
Thing is.... 'she' isn't saying anything differently than some others here, whether anyone likes it or not... but just more vocal about it (that... and saying 'she' gets paid to post was a real revelation.)
on May 6,2013 | 11:01AM
allie wrote:
I was recalled due to need on the blogs! People like my perky truths. Takes an outsider to see "tings" out here
on May 6,2013 | 01:14PM
holokanaka wrote:
so allie is there an annexation treaty by which america claims soverenty of these Islands? anxiously waiting for an answer with your "perky truths".
on May 6,2013 | 01:55PM
allie wrote:
Yes there is. Many in America opposed annexation for Hawaii but after annexation got through a reluctant Congress,and then only because of fears Japan would grab Hawaii as part of their Pacific expansion, Prince Kuhio, a delegate to Congress started a petition for statehood. It finally came in 1959 with 90% of more of Hawaiians voting for it.
on May 6,2013 | 02:09PM
holokanaka wrote:
allie, just because you say there is a treaty does not mean anything. you may want to talk to a Ronald Winfrey, Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate of the US Pacific Command because he stated at 10:30 PM on Nov 6 2012 "O yes there is no treaty" when discussing complaints of no treaty of annexation with a police officer Leland Pa Hawaii County Police officer. but ofcourse what would he know.
on May 6,2013 | 10:01PM
peanutgallery wrote:
You think anything is different with the current board? Entitlement never works. Look at Native Americans. Those who live with outstretched hands barely survive on billions given to them, but those who refuse to dip their beeks succeed at an alarming rate. Alarming because one would think the others would get the message.
on May 6,2013 | 08:27AM
cojef wrote:
That's not entirely true. The Indian Casinos do some good for the tribal members, but like anything else, some still fall between the cracks.
on May 6,2013 | 11:25AM
jomama wrote:
Its pretty well proven that casinos have benefited a select few at the expense of the tribe. Racial preference simply cannot coexist with meritocracy.
on May 6,2013 | 11:51AM
allie wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 01:13PM
pueouhane wrote:
Eh, commissioners and you mahaoi outsiders, if you so concerned, do your homework, get two sides to every story. Ask us about this family and her friends. They, the Danner Hui, is one big pain in the behind, shoving stuff down our throat, feigning a helping hand, and splitting the community. It's like hell came to town, controlling and manipulative. I scared wake up, every time it's something new, no notice or inclusion. Next time, Star-Advertiser, ask the community how we feel, so far you've done a bad job covering this story about Anahola and this sob story. We would invite you to the Anahola Community Association meetings to express our mana'o but the Danners and Rapoza hui dominate the whole darn show and lock out those asking questions or challenge their back door decisions , parliamentary procedures does not exist.. Funny kine style how these Hawaiians operate. Again, they have arrogantly drawn a line through the community and it's like a bad dream. I never saw so many ticked off aunties and uncles-Danner this, Danner that. Robin Danner, we sorry you never get control of DHHL, that the governor and state legislators turned their backs on you. Now, the fame you and your friends so badly seek will make you infamous and be your undoing. They will write a book about you. You not bad, you just stubborn and lack style, you're like bad dream.
on May 6,2013 | 03:25AM
Nana1 wrote:
The story is not about whether people like Danner or not. Danner and Rapozo pursue what they feel is necessary. Others in Anahola should do the same. Don't get ticked off about Danner's work and how she is vocal with DHHL. Do the work you want to do too. There is so much to be donee. You don't have to take the approach that she is shoving her work down your throat. Help connect the community by doing the work you want to do too - regardless of what Danner does. DHHL has lots of opportunity to work with Hawaiians. You're right, they probably will write a book about her. She's a hero.
on May 6,2013 | 07:14AM
allie wrote:
she is telling the truth
on May 6,2013 | 01:14PM
pueouhane wrote:
A fact finding investigation will expose the truth.The Danners and Michelle Kauhane threw their support behind Abercrombie for governor with the hopes and expectations to have Michelle appointed Director of DHHL. When that did not happen, from day one they started a systematic campaign of undermining the Director and his staff with Ms Kauhane in the lead, on inside feeding private/sensitive info out the back door. Rumor has it she went thru and handled documents/records she had no business touching. They were so disruptive, the department could not started to move ahead and in frustration, Alapaki Nahale-a resigned. Their relentless smear tactics along with Kauhane's secret recording of administration discussions and meetings would be their downfall to sway the legislative hearings to promote Jobi Masagitani. The Hawaiian caucus and the governor are still fuming at these gangster. The Danner Hui and Ohana have their names on a least eight homestead leases, so what's the beef. This article is not really about the DHHL and it's wrong doings but the failure of these crooked ladies failure to gain control of the DHHL and gain more leases in the name of saving Hawaiians from ourselves, like we was born in the kuahiwi. They was trouble in aMERICA, trouble in Alaska, and trouble to the Gwich'in and Inupiat Nativesor the Northern Canadian Tundra. And now trouble in Anahola. Pilau. So allie, get your facts together before flapping you lips on guesswork and slanted/lop sided news reporting.
on May 6,2013 | 04:40PM
Nana1 wrote:
You are way off base...Rob Perez did an investigative, FACTUAL report. What you are talking about here are rumors and here say. Take your own advice and do the FACT finding. As you say....rumor has it! Rumor creates havoc. Go find the real story!!!
on May 7,2013 | 05:57PM
Pocho wrote:
Why bring policiks into this? It's not hard to tell you're backing Masagatani as it is.. The problems pointed out in these articles is about self-serving cheats who put themselves 1st before serving the patient ones on the waiting list! PERIOD
on May 8,2013 | 05:02AM
imuakauai wrote:
EXCELLENTLY SAID pueouhane. I tried all of 2013 anahola meetings month after month, OHA/DHHL, you name it even got a 1:1 with patsy sheehan while kupuna council sat, videoʻd my manaʻo about Dannerinians. AHHA building, now shares the office with admin for California Based Mens recovery group and "Ranchlands" lease south of the Danner operated ʻCafeʻ and that was supposed to be the community commercial kitchen, AFARA got sucked in, paid by HCDC to run ranchers, farmers, WATER, as it is related to HE Kamalomalo albezia clearing, and danners have breached the north side of the bay purchasing for the Anahola Canoe Club, a new outrigger canoe with a classic ha-ole name "HCDC". Iʻve even heard Robin distract the question when DHHL ask her geneology. We KNOW and it does not meet the initial 50%, her father is caucasian, robinʻs mom is half hawaiian, half filipino Robins grandparents both 100% Hawaiian had jump fence. Robins mom on grandmaʻs side is hawaiian-filipino, robinʻs dad whom i got this info from is caucasian, Amish region. Anyway go figure how theyʻve manipulated THEIR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES to benefit the few on the backs of Kanaka Maoli. ALL OF IT has been without ANY conversation or consultation with grassroots fundraising kanaka maoli, only her and her like-minded minion who want Akaka Tribe Status and doing EVERYthing without anyone stopping her to date. Anadannerhola Village exists and there are folks going turn criminal for trying to slap her head in beach blocking insident. Worse than Pila, Hauna is more like it. Research, then catch dannerblog http://kanakaforward.com/ to get a full range of how audacious HEWA spirit she maintains.
on July 23,2014 | 06:31PM
Mythman wrote:
This level of inquiry is all we are going to get from the Star Advertiser. Didn't the Danners move to Alaska and only very recently came to Hawaii to become homesteaders? Isn't one of the Danners heading up an Alaskan Native Corporation, which is one of those outfits Dan Inouye liked so much with his brother Ted Stevens? Is KSBE involved with the Danners through Judge Bill Fernandez? This expose is the tip of the iceberg - to his credit, I doubt even Neil Abercrombie sees the depth of the mess? If I were US Attorney, I would systematically review everything done by each past Commissioner and seek indictments thereof.
on May 6,2013 | 04:27AM
allie wrote:
lot of intrigue
on May 6,2013 | 08:15AM
Skyler wrote:
Tip of the iceberg, indeed. I'll read the book when it comes out.
on May 6,2013 | 11:04AM
allie wrote:
agree...the mud goes deep down
on May 6,2013 | 02:09PM
bumba wrote:
People need to go to jail.
on May 6,2013 | 04:46AM
localguy wrote:
Obviously, DHHL has vindictive, incompetent, feather bedded, nepotism, and more in their dysfunctional management. How else can you explain the gross negligence in every decision they make. If ever there was a need for sunshine and state audit this is the place. Too many good people have been hurt by DHHL mismanagement, their standard. Might need to have criminal charges filed and give those responsible a new home at OCC. Poetic justice. DHHL is a disgrace to the Nei and all the natives it was supposed to serve. Shades of the Bishop Estate Broken Trust fiasco, here we go again.
on May 6,2013 | 05:34AM
hawaiinui wrote:
Audit? That will never happen unless we find a true honest legislative friend in the Governnor's or in the Attorney General's offices. Did anyone notice that the name, Linda Chinn (the DHHL commerical Director) pops up with ALL these outrageous instances in recent months and years. Unlike the past Chairpersons at DHHL helm, she has been there through four DHHL administrations and the problems continue and escalate. How is it that she isn't speaking for her decisions and the newbee Young gets to cite...."before our time" excuses. No one is blaming Yasagatani for the years and years of double standard practices, but CHINN has been there through this ALL! If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and is yellow...lo and behold, we have a duck named Linda. She's either deaf, dumb and blind to these things or simply a good soldier.
on May 6,2013 | 06:10AM
Leinanij wrote:
Have you never worked for the State or City? You just do what you're told. No make waves. I will bet you all the tea in China that every single admin head has condoned Chinn's actions, except for Kauhane, which is why she was ousted.
on May 6,2013 | 12:36PM
allie wrote:
agree..lots to hide
on May 6,2013 | 01:15PM
allie wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 08:16AM
allie wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 02:09PM
inverse wrote:
US rules of laws in government is not perfect but far superior to a kingdom where rulers answer to no one and rule unfairly or with an iron fist. As others pointed out the former KSBE trustees thought they were kings and queens, and the Akaka bill if passed would only subject Hawaiians to another set of rulers. In that case leaders of OHA would most likely be annointed as the new rulers. When you think about how Kamehameha gained control all of Hawaii through brutal force made almost all Hawaiians his subjects who were basically serfs who owned no property. This story line is not new and will support that anger Hawaiians have toward "foreigners" is somewhat misplaced and are often held back by their OWN ruling bodies that would be the precursor to Hawaiian sovereignty sought out by the Akaka bill. My point is Hawaiians who can verify their lineage should be given land to build their homes, farms, etc. and oversight should be more integrated into the "conventional" State gov't governing bodies instead of DHHL, OHA, etc. Seems most Hawaiians would be better off living if they focused on living within the Hawaii State and Federal gov't framework then trying to create a new Hawaiian ruling class or other separate Hawaiian governing ruling bodies. The anger passed down from generation to generation citing how Liliokalani was overthrown is not productive and if that energy is better channeled to working within the framework of the State and Federal gov't for equity in services, and land development for homes, farms, businesses,etc. I know the anger is there and not just simmering below the surface as evidenced by a brutally honest outburst by State legislature Hanohano.
on May 6,2013 | 05:41AM
Reade1 wrote:
Unvirse I like that "The anger was passed down from generation to generations...Yet the Hawaiians are treated no different then the past history. Why is this so difficult.Tthe overthrow was illegal and yet it seems not a problem it's okay.
on May 6,2013 | 07:27AM
inverse wrote:
Slavery was wrong in the America and so was the annihilation of American Indians by the European colonists who settled in North America but nothing will change the past. Fact that many non-Hawaiians support helping Hawaiians who are disproportionately represented in OCCC and Halawa, high diabetes and obesity rates, etc. An Akaka bill solution will not help the majority of Hawaiians rather helping them with providing them with a home, education, health care, etc. within the construct of local, state and federal gov't assistance. Millions of gov't dollars are thrown at helping Hawaiians however like everything, does not reach the Hawaiians truly in need. For example what about the millions given to Clay ton Hee's brother company to install internet to native Hawaiians at incredible cost to taxpayers and very little to no benefit. Could have just given people a Dish network or Hughes satellite to receive Internet via satellite at much cheaper cost than trying to lay fiber optic or other cables to each home dispersed over home lands. Former KSBE trustee Oswald Stender had the right idea of offering scholoarships to native Hawaiians to attend private school in Hawaii and Hawaii or mainland college institutions. I notice he is now a OHA trustee and another named Lindsey is also a truste as well. Any relation to Lokelani? You going to convince everyone that OHA does to want to gain as much money and power that they can acquire the way the former KSBE trustee's had? Thats the problem that power corrupts absolutely. I agree the overthrow of Liliokalani was completely wrong but the question is how can Hawaiians be truly helped in the present time without some power hungry group PRETENDING to be acting on behalf of ALL Hawaiians?
on May 6,2013 | 04:14PM
allie wrote:
True...and let us get real. Hawaiians are as corrupt and vicious as anyone else. The entire hierarchy of racial entitlements are a curse to all Hawaiians and all in this state. Hawaiians ripping off Hawaiians and intimidating them to remain silent is a curse. Thanks to Rob Perez for exposing the corruption. Not that we did not know.
on May 6,2013 | 08:20AM
Leinanij wrote:
Oh, we're back to dissing Hawaiians again All Lies? 'Cause they may take away your indian entitlements? I heard there isn't one single full blooded mandan indian left, which means your ancestors wanted to breed it out of their children.
on May 6,2013 | 12:39PM
allie wrote:
nbo single blooded Hawaiians either hon. Most look white or Asian to all of us. I am Mandan and proud of being indigenous.
on May 6,2013 | 02:10PM
poidragon wrote:
Then your barking up the wrong tree, Allie! You sit there criticizing Hawaiian's from your 'lofty perch' and yet you are no better or well informed as the rest of us! If you think most Hawaiian's look Asian or Caucasion, then you really don't know what your looking at; and like the 'white men of old' you speak with forked tongue!
on May 7,2013 | 11:39AM
keei wrote:
Danner is a cry baby and so are Lee Loy and Uncle Joe. This is not a fair article because it did not interview those from Anahola, Danner's community who know Danner and don't trust her. 250 signatures from this association in support of Masagatani's appointment because they knew that Masagatni would see how much the Danner ohana and her supporters have profited by their association with DHHL. Remember the former DHHL Deputy is now taking over Danner's organization, it was reported recently in the paper. Remember Lee Loy and Uncle Joe have been commissoners prior to Masagatani's appointment, what have they done to rectify what has been long standing issues in the Department. What is their involvement with the Danners. Reporter check this and other Hawaiian Homesteaders organization from Waimanalo, Uncle Joe's community, and Lee Loy's Hawaii community, you I am sure will get a ear full regarding members from these communities and the dissatisfaction of their commisioners so call leadership on behlaf of these communities. You should do an article on Robin Danner and her attempt to manipulate everything to her advantage.
on May 6,2013 | 05:55AM
Pocho wrote:
If Danner is following the rules and takes care of her problems, what's so bad about it. Still there are homesteaders who disobeys DHHL rules of the land and nothing is done about it. That's the problem, DHHL lets some slide and other not so, level the playing field for one and all. Do your job!!
on May 6,2013 | 06:11AM
Nana1 wrote:
A follow up article on Danner should be done so once and for all people would get it. Danner is a beneficiary just like others. The difference is that she is willing to speak up. It doesn't mean she is not speaking the truth. She is willing to say what others will not. She is unafraid to stand in the face of adversity for what she believes is right for our Hawaiian people. Make no mistake, she is Hawaiian. She takes action and backs up her words with WORK. All that she does if for the betterment of Hawaiians. The real truth is that Danner is shedding light on the real problem. State Government is guilty of mismanagement of our Trust. Wake up!
on May 6,2013 | 06:54AM
bender wrote:
She has also been known to walk on water.
on May 6,2013 | 07:46AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Entitlement is wrong no matter how you slice the pie. How can Hawaiians stand to be told they can not succeed without a hand-out? It's degrading and humiliating.
on May 6,2013 | 08:29AM
hanoz808 wrote:
i agree! Danner uses bullie tactics to get what she wants.... come talk to me because i have first hand incidents when she tried to weasel her way into our neighborhood and steal our land.... but she came across hawaiians that were'nt stupid
on May 6,2013 | 10:12AM
allie wrote:
Danner is being condemned for daring to tell the truth? Typical for out here
on May 6,2013 | 02:11PM
bender wrote:
Judging by some of the comments from forum members it would seem that there might be another facet to ths story that needs to be invetigated by the StarAdvertiser. There's no doubt that DHHL has been malfeasant in the performance of its duties but in reporting on that story one has to wonder if the SA inadvertently gave Robin Danner a forum to further her own agenda.
on May 6,2013 | 06:05AM
keei wrote:
I agree, Danner's picture in the paper, appears to suggest tears. A forum Inadvertently provided or was it intentional. That is the question.
on May 6,2013 | 06:41AM
Nana1 wrote:
What is it that you think the agenda would be? She wants a youth camp that is run by a community non-profit. It doesn't matter what people think about Danner. She has done and continues to do good work - bottom line. Her work speaks for itself. She is a doer. Creating solutions for the problems she sees facing her community. That IS the agenda.
on May 6,2013 | 07:00AM
bender wrote:
Remember Bumpy Kanahele. If you are a big enough thorn in the side of the state, pretty soon they give you something so you will go away. Could that be her agenda?
on May 6,2013 | 07:39AM
Advsurfsail wrote:
Why is a Philipino the head of Hawaiian homelands?
on May 6,2013 | 06:44AM
hawaiiatty wrote:
Rob Perez, you got played by Danner. She is no victim, she is a big part of the problem. Any scrutiny she received is what all lessees should be subject to so that projects do not turn into a mess like Camp Faith and the Correa Ranch that costs DHHL money to clean up. Danner is a well connected big mouth who has made a career out of being a victim and complaining. DHHL is definitely a mess, but not for the reasons she claims.
on May 6,2013 | 07:02AM
Allenk wrote:
What I don't understand is that these revocable lease parcels can be used for non-profit corporations so long as one does not erect permanent structures? Is that why these parcels are used for camps? What are they teaching at these camps? For example, Camp Erdmann here on Oahu has had a long history as a place where schools and church organizations can go to bond and have fun. Is that the model that Danner is trying to replicate? What happened to Camp Faith?
on May 6,2013 | 07:29AM
bender wrote:
Many are phony camps and are for the use of a select few. And just like Hanchett set up his own non-profit, it was for the furtherance of his cattle operation, not for the betterment of anyone (except Hancett). There is no comparison betwen the phony camps and Camp Erdmann.
on May 6,2013 | 07:44AM
pueouhane wrote:
When the camp popped up one day, inquiries were made but answers and information was vague. It still is, so maybe Mr. Perez can help fill in the blank spaces. Seems like when the Danners don't get their way with DHHL and the state, they start a rukcus. When residents of Anahola ask them and supporters honest and fair questions, they start a ruckus, accusing them of trying to start trouble and deflecting to answer without any clear information. Watch out when you (Danners) kick the can around, you might end up in it.
on May 6,2013 | 09:14AM
allie wrote:
she is telling the truth so now big money will condemn her and threaten her. Typical response out here
on May 6,2013 | 08:21AM
kailuabred wrote:
You wouldn't know truth if it smacked you upside the head
on May 6,2013 | 09:23AM
allie wrote:
too many fear the truth out here so they choose fantasy
on May 6,2013 | 10:27AM
Imagen wrote:
and you hon are a nightmare
on May 6,2013 | 11:01AM
allie wrote:
good..people always call the truth a nightmare
on May 6,2013 | 01:16PM
holokanaka wrote:
allie you are a lier and you know it since I have caught in a lie. what is your problem? 99% of your post are negative just like konki(aka ken conklin) and lies, what is your problem with Hawaiians?
on May 6,2013 | 02:05PM
false wrote:
I can't believe that you didn't know that if you make waves with the Democratic powers that be here in Hawaii that they will make life difficult for you. The Hawaii "good old boy" network is well established and they have / will go after anyone who threatens their little kingdom with a vengeance. They are a nasty bunch, not to be taken lightly. Sorry, that's just a fact of life here in Hawaii.
on May 6,2013 | 07:20AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Yes, it is.
on May 6,2013 | 08:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Kamehameha Schools....remember the RED DOT selection process...
on May 6,2013 | 07:21AM
ready2go wrote:
Another Rob Perez gem! What a mismanagement mess. Who's going to clean this up?
on May 6,2013 | 07:42AM
lowtone123 wrote:
It's sad when people hide behind their title and use their position to bully those who speak up for what's right and fair and while giving favors to others. Those who speak up have nothing to hide behind but only have the truth.
on May 6,2013 | 07:47AM
keei wrote:
Whether you are for Danner or against her , Whether you are for the Department or against the Department, this inquiry gives the Masagatani adminstration and the present commissioners the open forum to level the playing field for all who have a right to have these lands available for their proper use as beneficiaries. The next months will tell how this all plays out.
on May 6,2013 | 08:41AM
Nana1 wrote:
Masagatani was on the playing field for 8 years prior to the current term. Of the 14 RP's listed in yesterday's article - 7 were issued under her last term when she was the Deputy to Ray Soong. It was also during this same administration that they took an action to the commission to do away with the preference to Hawaiians for General Leases. Masagatani has already shown us how her term will play out. The best indicator of her leadership style has been articulated in her prior term as deputy.
on May 6,2013 | 10:48AM
keei wrote:
The prior term was Linda Lingle's. She was not a deputy at that time
on May 6,2013 | 02:58PM
Nana1 wrote:
Read the paper and see what year the leases were issued. 7 of the 14 were issued under Ray Soon and Masagatani
on May 6,2013 | 04:36PM
tiki886 wrote:
They are all for 99 years.
on May 7,2013 | 12:57AM
Nana1 wrote:
Not revocable permits.
on May 7,2013 | 06:01PM
pueouhane wrote:
@keei-Most difficult to separate facts from fiction when you have to correct misinformation and cite yours. Don't seem like many of the posted comments coming from home. Man, these wahines surely threw everybody into the fan including themselves......"Stuff" is flying all over the place!
on May 6,2013 | 04:58PM
allie wrote:
well put. I hope Perez stays on this story. He is one of the last real reporters out here.
on May 6,2013 | 02:12PM
pueouhane wrote:
Uh, he has barely touched the surface of what this story is all about. We, the Hawaiian community will let the public know when Perez has gotten close to the bottom of septic tank. Right now all I see is a ship of fools play the blame game.
on May 6,2013 | 04:49PM
Pocho wrote:
you only thinking of games being played. The real story here is the papers found and reported to the public the mismanagement of DHHL and the CHEATS running it.
on May 8,2013 | 05:05AM
Bully wrote:
Nothing new here. Its been this way for a long time. The mentality has always been to let the next guy deal with it.
on May 6,2013 | 09:03AM
ha_oleboy wrote:
Just like before. Same smell. They all crooks. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord John Acton
on May 6,2013 | 09:09AM
harryuhanejim wrote:
A few years back a man by the name Of Kahale Smith. Died in a fire while being evicted. ...no the actual same time. cops, fire department, dhhl officials, sherif's office. Same Same, there is something about breaking the trance your capable of breaking we might ll remember. The Department has no jurisdiction on the land. For same reason Lopaka brown does not have to go to jail for no driver's lic. this is not bs, the State is very aware they have no jurisdiction over Natives. The united States is facing criminal charges in international. court. tis true. For they apologized and forgo the rent bill. There are no legitimate excuses. so they must bark and bite natives death those close to Sovereign by survivor of united states terroristic aggression of a sovereign queen. about asking for what the united states requires of other countries. I believe the people of the united States do have the heart especially when We speak of the life of people in this tale and in the Memory of Ka hale Smith... We love you Aloha.
on May 6,2013 | 09:10AM
Wardog wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 09:21AM
holokanaka wrote:
I know exactly what you are saying.
on May 6,2013 | 02:10PM
libertylover wrote:
The State needs to get out of the trustee business and deed the land to the native Hawaiians who lease it. Then they could pay taxes like everyone else and use the equity in their land for their own betterment. Frankly, why does OHA even exist? It is a bloated corrupt entity that fosters racial discord in the State and it wastes taxpayer's money. How about shutting it down and distributing it assets to all Hawaiians, native and otherwise? It is time to move away from Hawaii's home grown version of Apartheid.
on May 6,2013 | 09:29AM
false wrote:
All this being said who were the different Directors and Deputy Directors during these periods? Shouldn't they have had the slightest clue that something was going on? Why doesn't this reporter report this? I'm sure that information wouldn't be hard to find. Hmmm. Many were fed and are continuing to fed a lot of BS. So how is the current director going to make things right or should that question not be asked. And this DHHL has said that they don't get enough funding to do oversight. Personally I am glad the legislature doesn't fork over a lot of money to them. It makes me wonder what the heck they would do with it anyway. I couldn't believe yesterdays story when an employee said that they check out a property using google map. Sheez.
on May 6,2013 | 09:50AM
hanoz808 wrote:
I feel no compassion towards Danner......She tried to come into our neighborhood and steal our land..... wrong place lady!
on May 6,2013 | 10:11AM
RTWONG wrote:
Lots of good and bad comments, that's good at least, people are taking notice off what's going on. Now we need the people to tell not ask them to correct this bad situation, WHO? The Governor, Senators, and Representative, With enough pressure it might get the ball rolling
on May 6,2013 | 10:22AM
allie wrote:
agree..there is no reason why Hawaiians cannot have a better system that works better for them
on May 6,2013 | 10:28AM
holokanaka wrote:
we did, remember the Hawaiian Kingdom. it was forcely taken from us.
on May 6,2013 | 02:12PM
Frances wrote:
I think it's a matter of the pot calling the kettle black - Danner and her sister have profited greatly from her ties to the late Senator Inouye's office and former DHHL chiefs who gave her a sweetheart deal to cut a percenage of money away from the homestead land trust. When Abercrombie got in office, based on complaints from legislators and others, he shut down her action and her influence on DHHL. THAT'S really what happened. Robin Danner is also responible for pushing the homesteaders groups to oppose the 30-year back-rent settlement that had ben negotiated between OHA and the Lingle administration, which would have given OHA valuable land as well as $200 million in cash, instead of the final settlement they just approved last year, with no cash and a bunch of Kaka`ako land that will be very expensive to clean up and develop.
on May 6,2013 | 10:48AM
Allenk wrote:
Sounds very complicated an involved. I think it would be much simpler to come up with the funding to purchase your own parcel of land, erect whatever buildings you wish so long as you are in compliance with code and then operate your business. However, jockeying for prime real estate tied to homestead land seems like a convoluted process fraught with all kinds of pitfalls. But what does make the land so attractive is the low rent per acre.
on May 6,2013 | 11:22AM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Wow - big time corruption appears to be at work here.
on May 6,2013 | 10:49AM
hikine wrote:
Arrogant power trippers! Need to clean up house!
on May 6,2013 | 11:34AM
lwandcah wrote:
LIfe is not fair, especially when it comes to the government. Hang in there and don't give up you cause.
on May 6,2013 | 11:49AM
Allenk wrote:
There seems to be two sides to the story. On the one hand a group points fingers at Danner, then her group points fingers back and each camp feels that what has occurred is unfair. Where is the authority here that can either mediate or dictate what is correct? They must be laying low waiting in the wings for the right opportunity to get their slice of pie. Corruption and selfishness at all levels.
on May 6,2013 | 12:26PM
vhirata wrote:
I checked the state of Hawii and the IRS web site for the nonprofit status of Anahola Hawaiian Homes Association and Kumu Camp and found neither are registered as a nonprofit. The only one I could find was the Anahola Homesteaders Council who was trying to organize Camp Faith.
on May 6,2013 | 01:38PM
HCSSC wrote:
on May 6,2013 | 03:20PM
hawaiinui wrote:
And who is instrumental in the operations of this non-profit who has had considerable profit making leases from DHHL? ....try a former DHHL Chairman, Kale Watson. Auwe.
on May 6,2013 | 07:37PM
hungryhawn wrote:
Young and Chinn were being greased. You gotta pay to play.
on May 6,2013 | 02:19PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Newcomer to the DHHL game Darell Young is a newbee from ex-Councilman Garcia's office, obviously well connected and able to adlib with the best of them for "rational" explanations regarding the list of BS DHHL dealings. Linda CHINN on the other hand is simply trying survive this round of salvos reflecting full accounts of mismanagement. And with a bit of teflon she can secure her retirement at the end of this year.
on May 6,2013 | 07:51PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
This mismanagement of DHHL unfortunately goes back before the State was given the task of taking over the "trust" from the as part of the deal of Hawaii being accepted into the UNION to become the 50th state, without that, Hawaiian Homes entity would still be under the Federal.. Its any case The Hawaiians are still being "controlled" by their own people who then take their orders from the state and Federal, Slaves thats what we are...Just Slaves
on May 6,2013 | 03:18PM
policywonk wrote:
Robin Danner, her sister Jade Danner and brother Scott Danner have a history of receiving large private sector, lobbying, and government contracts and support from HUD and other Federal government sources set aside for Alaskan and native Hawaiian communities. They that have in the past received consulting fees for their PR and lobbying services promoting drilling on native Alaskan lands. They use their native Alaskan and native Hawaiian status as a way to speak on behalf of communities, often misrepresenting their perspectives for self gain. The Danners have made millions. Ms. Danner is now attempting to unilaterally broker a new relationship with the US Department of Interior, so that Hawaiian home lands might fall more clearly into Federal jurisdiction, making way for US and private sector claims to native Hawaiian home lands natural resources. This is just as the Danners did in Alaska - promoting the drilling of oil on native Alaskan lands without adequate approval by affected tribes. An audit and public record search of the Danners and their web of corporate and not-for-profit entities and contracts is revealing. That would be a much more interesting article for the Star Advertiser. Let's be clear. A thorough check of the public record shows that Danner's projects are not granted by DHHL because her projects are often poorly conceived, are often proposed for environmentally sensitive lands (such as shoreline lots lying close to groundwater), and try to duck Department of Health and other permitting requirements by claiming (incorrectly) that DHHL lands are not subject to permitting laws. Danner's projects often seek variances and exemptions from building, wastewater, and other safety laws. Her projects also try to away lands that are legally reserved for native Hawaiian homesteading purposes, and so her projects understandably create anger within those communities. The article is surprisingly slanted - the interviewees seem to have been handpicked, as they are all notable critics of DHHL or, like Mr. Cummings, receive personal gain for having ties to Ms. Danner. It is also notable (and notably not reported) that Ms. Danner earlier this year attempted to convince the Hawaii state legislature not to confirm DHHL's new Chair. Danner failed badly - having only produced 13 letters to support her stance while nearly 1000 letters from native Hawaiian beneficiaries, leaders, and organizations overwhelmingly supported the Chair's confirmation. The new DHHL administration has strong support from native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians are giving new leadership a chance. Ms. Danner has also recently faced a fiasco in her own town of Anahola (Kaua'i), when it was revealed that she had engaged in backdoor dealing with a biomass company, having misrepresented to DHHL that the Anahola community had been adequately consulted. That project is now on hold pending further review. Ms. Danner did not accept responsibility for project design mismanagement. Instead she left DHHL to clean up the damage she had done to community relations. Journalist Ron Perez, please be careful about how you cover stories of the native Hawaiian community. Things are not always what they seem. If you have been lobbied by the Danner sisters Robin and Jade, you received a good dose of the PR savvy and spin doctoring of these two siblings. Best to look into their bank accounts and follow the money.
on May 7,2013 | 12:08AM
tiki886 wrote:
How can the Danners' negotiate with HUD when it is leasehold land that they don't own?
on May 7,2013 | 01:42AM
tiki886 wrote:
There really is no mismanagement.

DHHL's job is complicated when it comes to providing financing for the different land uses such a building single family residents and purchasing and refinancing these homes on "Leasehold" property. Agricultural, farming and commercial land use is even more diificult to finance.

If or when a leasee goes into foreclosure or worse bankruptcy, it is not as "Marketable" a property as other homes that do not have the racial component of having 50% Hawaiian koko. And then there is not a large pool of potential buyers who can or would by a leasehold property, particularly if it needs extensive repairs

DHHL doesn't use its own money to provide financing. It uses local lenders whose loans are "INSURED" by the US Housing and Urban Developement (HUD)


ALL loans are underwritten by the rules and guidelines of HUD not DHHL. Any DHHL overlapping rules or guidelines are minimal when compared to HUD's guidelines.

Local lenders avoid the headaches of DHHL loans even if HUD insures them. Many lenders have asked to be taken off the approve lender list because of the headaches.

Finally, when all the ignorant opinions and comments are geared towards tearing down one another like the "ALAMIHI CRABS" in a bucket, I believe you ALL deserve the dysfunction of ALL Hawaiian racist programs because this is the result of the apartheid culture.

"Tentalows?" That's the most stoopid and ignorant kind of housing on the face of the earth.

on May 7,2013 | 01:38AM
poidragon wrote:
As they say 'the squeaky wheel' gets all the attention, and that is what is going on with Camp Kumu on Kauai. DHHL has had a long history of mismanagement and favoritism, that has only gotten worse with time! DHHL, like the DoE, has not had a truly official audit done on itts books or it's department heads, as the State has allowed both to go unfettered or watched over for decades; Abercrombie has done nothing to curtail this, nor will he do so in the future!
on May 7,2013 | 11:35AM