|Congressman Kai Kahele, earlier this month, honoring the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian Homes|
Commission Act and its author, Congressman Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. Photo from Kai Kahele
HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS LESSEES COULD HAND DOWN property to more family members soon, for homes, farms and ranch lands. The proposal before Congress would allow inheritance by successors with as little Hawaiian blood as one thirty-second percent. The measure before the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced by Congressman Kai Kahele this week, is designed to give more incentives to Hawaiians who are eligible for dollar-a-year, 99-year leases for Hawaiian Home Lands property.
|Kaʻū Ahupua'a with Hawaiian Home Lands encircled in red. DHHL map|
Hawaiian Home Land leases, have been hesitant. Many of their family members are less that a quarter Hawaiian, a requirement under the Hawaiian Homes Act to inherit the leases. Leases to Hawaiian Home Lands property can be inherited by spouses, sisters, brothers, children, and grandchildren.
Kahele stated that he wants "to do everything I can to help ensure future generations of Native Hawaiians benefit from the original intent of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act - that is, to return native Hawaiians to their lands with prompt and efficient placement in order to support self-sufficiency and self-determination. The Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Protecting Family Legacies Act accomplishes this by ensuring long-term tenancy to beneficiaries and their successors. My legislation advances the original draft, vision and intent of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole who championed the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, legislation he fought to pass in Congress as a non-voting delegate.” That act was passed by Congress and signed into law by Pres. Warren G. Harding July 9, 1921.
Kahele noted that in recent years, HHCA beneficiaries and homestead associations have debated and asked for a change in the blood quantum required to inherit Hawaiian Home Land. The state legislature passed, and the governor signed in 2017- when Kahele was a state Senator - Act 80 to put Hawai'i government's stamp of approval on the change, which also requires an act of Congress. Kahele noted that the change is "deemed necessary because many descendants of HHCA beneficiaries currently face displacement and the loss of their ancestral homes.”
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COVID IS COMING BACK, warns the state Department of Health, with 166 cases reported statewide today, the highest single day increase since January. Hawai'i Island reported 17 cases.
State Department of Health spokesman Brooks Baer said that the Delta variant is here and spreads more quickly and leads to more hospitalizations. DOH reported 65.3 percent of Hawai'i's population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and that 58.9 percent are fully vaccinated. Total cases on Hawai'i Island to date are 3,324 with another 74 that are probable. Total cases in the state total 38,166 with another 166 probable.
Pfizer and J&J vaccinations will be given. A $50 KTA gift certificate will go to the first 50 participants. The event is sponsored by Kaiser, KTA, Kaʻū Rural Health Clinic and National Association of Community Health Workers.
AN OCEAN VIEW MAN IS UNDER ARREST FOR STEALING A CAR. Hawai‘i Island police charged 24-year-old Lane Turner, of Ocean View, with numerous offenses stemming from a theft of a vehicle in Ocean View. According to the police report, on Monday, July 12, Kona patrol officers conducted patrols on Kaleiopapa Street in the area of the Keauhou small boat harbor and observed a white-colored Toyota Tacoma with an oversized red camper parked in the area. Officers observed an adult male, later identified as Lane Turner, seated in the driver’s seat. A check of the vehicle’s license plates revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision between July 7 and July 8.
Lane Turner is being held for allegedly stealing
a car. Photo from Hawai'i Police Department
Turner appeared in Kona District Court on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in response to the criminal contempt of court warrants. On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, after conferral with the Hawai'i County Prosecutor’s Office, Turner was charged with three counts each of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and theft in the third degree and one count each of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Total bail was set at $11,500.
He remains in custody at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center pending his preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday, July 15.
GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic