Homesteader G. Frank Cummings Jr. walks amid trash and debris left behind at Camp Faith, a parcel of land in
Anahola, Kauai, belonging to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands that was once occupied by Lihue First Church but has since been vacated. Beneficiaries said they complained for at least 15 years about substandard conditions at the site, but the agency did nothing until last year, after a written complaint was lodged.
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 »
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 »
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 »
For the past 17 years, James and Jane Sakugawa have rented roughly 5,000 acres of ranch property on Maui from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
That is 80 percent of all land DHHL is leasing to tenants on that island through its revocable-permit program.
WAIMEA, Hawaii island » Just above the state's most expensive private school, four homes and several other structures sit on a 125-acre hillside parcel with commanding views of this rural community and the ocean on the distant horizon.