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If the Office of Hawaiian Affairs receives permission from the Legislature to develop housing on 31 acres it owns in Kaka ako makai of Ala Moana Boulevard, the agency will restrict such development to three or four parcels away from the waterfront along Kewalo Basin. OHA made the pledge Thursday at a news conference […]
Although Hawaiʻi is the second healthiest state in the nation, Native Hawaiians in our homeland have the poorest health. Through collaborative efforts with key partners and leveraging resources, OHA is engaging policy makers and supporting programs and services that have a direct impact to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. Get a quick glimpse of […]
The 2014 Legislative session opened this morning. The Senate has introduced the 2014 OHA package. Follow the action.
February 12, 2014
In 1978 the people of Hawaiʻi voted to create the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to promote and protect the rights of Native Hawaiians, the first peoples of Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi’s constitution established OHA’s right to a pro rata portion of the public land trust, however, many issues relating to the fair allocation of the public land trust remained unresolved and disputed for nearly 30 years.
In 2012, OHA and the state agreed to settle the state’s past due public land trust revenue debt by conveying to OHA 30 acres of land in Kakaʻako Makai, with an appraised land value of approximately $200 million.
Accordingly, OHA is exploring all options to maximize our revenue generating opportunities to best serve our beneficiaries.(more…)
January 7, 2014As part of its mandate to advocate for Native Hawaiians, each year OHA submits a package of proposed bills to the Hawaii State Legislature, and the agency’s Board of Trustees also votes to take positions on a wide variety of legislation impacting the Hawaiian community. (more…)
October 21, 2013Legislation that would have eliminated funding for Native Hawaiian education programs was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. H.R. 5, the so-called “Student Success Act” would have eliminated the Native Hawaiian Education Act. (more…)