State lawmakers focused on affordable housing for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands briefed members of four joint House and Senate Committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs. DHHL oversees more than 200-thousand acres of trust lands for qualified beneficiaries who are more than 50 percent Native Hawaiian. Chair, Jobie Masagatani, says most of the trust lands are in rural areas.
“The majority of our lands are on the Big Island, with Maui being the second. On O’ahu we have the smallest percentage of land, only 3 percent of the lands. In terms of demand, our longest list is for residential on O’ahu. However, for the islands of Maui, Hawai’i, Kaua’i, and…