Board to hear land re­quest

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

The state Board of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources dur­ing its meet­ing Fri­day in Honolulu will con­sider a re­quest to set aside more than 35 acres of state land in Kealakehe for the Hawaii Hous­ing Fi­nance and Devel­op­ment Corp. for “af­ford­able hous­ing and re­lated pur­poses.”

The land is part of the Vil­lages of Lai Opua, a planned com­mu­nity by HHFDC, ac­cord­ing to a sub­mit­tal filed with the Land Board.

The re­quest comes a lit­tle more than a month after Mayor Harry Kim wrote to Suzanne Case, chair­woman of the state Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, seek­ing a right of en­try to a 5-acre por­tion of the par­cel to cre­ate a home­less en­camp­ment.

After con­sult­ing with DLNR, HHFDC and the county, an agent with the Land Di­vi­sion said the most prac­ti­cal course of ac­tion is to set aside the par­cel for the HHFDC, which can then work di­rectly with the county.

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