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U.S. to transfer surplus federal property for Hawaiian home lands – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-20 05:03:20 –

Honolulu — The United States is giving Native Hawaiians surplus land as compensation for acres that were intended to build homes but were used by the federal government instead. Land transfers are also trying to help the right mistakes for Native Hawaiians, officials said Monday.

Formerly used for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Ewa Beach’s 80 acres will eventually provide up to 400 homes, meet the terms of a parliamentary settlement in 1995, and give Native Hawaiians their hometown. Compensates for 1,500 acres secured but subsequently acquired. Officials said the federal government is using it for other purposes.

During the announcement on Monday, US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s voice was emotionally choked.

“Yes, it’s a happy day, but it’s also a sad day because I remember the tragedy that hit Native Hawaiians throughout their turbulent history,” said Harland, the first Native American woman to lead the U.S. Cabinet. Said. “Since then, our country has learned a lot, and now we are in an era that recognizes the importance of healing the trauma of the generation that caused pain and heartache.”

The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 aimed to provide Hawaiians with financial self-sufficiency by allowing them to live on land. People with more than 50% of Hawaiian blood can apply for a 99-year lease for $ 1 a year.

The transfer of land to the Hawaiian Homeland Authority in Hawaii is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go, US Congressman Kaiari Ikahere said, with about 11,000 people waiting for housing on Oahu. According to the Hawaiian Homeland Department, there are 28,788 people on the land waiting list across the state.



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