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State Supreme Court to hear case for Hawaiian Homes funding

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The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed today to consider the state’s challenge to a lawsuit by Native Hawaiians who want the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to seek adequate funding from the state.

The suit asks for a court order directing the department to seek "sufficient" money from state lawmakers to provide homestead lots to Native Hawaiians on its waiting list.

The lawsuit had been dismissed in 2009. But the Intermediate Court of Appeals reinstated the lawsuit in January this year.

In a two-page order, the high court granted a request by the state to review the appeals court’s ruling. The court also said it will schedule a hearing for oral arguments.

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