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Community, officials mark 100th anniversary of Hawaiian Homes Commission Act with mixed reactions

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                                Kalama‘ula homestead on Moloka‘i, one of the first homestead communities established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

    COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS

    Kalama‘ula homestead on Moloka‘i, one of the first homestead communities established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

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                                Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, champion of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

    COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS

    Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, champion of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

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                                U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele spoke Friday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., commemorating the anniversary.

    COURTESY U.S. REP. KAI KAHELE / FACEBOOK

    U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele spoke Friday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., commemorating the anniversary.

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                                Gov. David Ige, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and officials gathered Friday in Kapolei to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

    COURTESY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS

    Gov. David Ige, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and officials gathered Friday in Kapolei to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS
                                Kalei Lindsey Purdy, right, wrote about living on the homestead in newspaper articles that her great-granddaughter Kilia Purdy-Avelino recently translated and shared with the family. The Purdy family with Gov. Wallace Farrington (center) on the Hoolehua homestead on Molokai, one of the first homestead communities established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, in the 1920s.

    COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS

    Kalei Lindsey Purdy, right, wrote about living on the homestead in newspaper articles that her great-granddaughter Kilia Purdy-Avelino recently translated and shared with the family. The Purdy family with Gov. Wallace Farrington (center) on the Hoolehua homestead on Molokai, one of the first homestead communities established under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, in the 1920s.

One hundred years ago the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, which set aside about 203,000 acres of former crown and government lands in the Hawaiian kingdom for homesteads, was signed into law by President Warren Harding. On Friday, its centennial anniversary, community members, officials and legislators marked the occasion with mixed reactions. Read more

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