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Monday, December 22, 2014         

Three-Part Series: Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Mismanagement

PART 1 • MAY 5
CTY - Homesteader G. Frank Cummings, Jr. walks amid trash and debris at Camp Faith, a parcel of land belonging to Hawaiian Homelands once occupied but since abandoned and neglected, on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Anahola on the island of Kauai.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
Mismanagement plagues leases
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.  Story »
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 »

UPDATES • MAY 8+
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 »

PART 2 • MAY 6
CTY - Robin Danner, director of the Anahola Hawaiian Homes Association, wipes away a tear while looking out at the homestead land along Anahola Beach on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Anahola on the island of Kauai.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). 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 »

PART 3 • MAY 7
CTY - Two students walk from Hawaii Preparatory Academy as a home belonging to the Solomon family on Hawaiian Homestead lands is seen in the background above the Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Monday, April 15, 2013 in Waimea on Hawaii Island.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). State Sen. Malama Solomon, former Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Commissioner Stuart Hanchett and about 20 other Native Hawaiians are members of an exclusive group. 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.  Story »

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.  Story »

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