Hawai­ian Homes Com­mis­sion con­venes Mon­day and Tues­day

The Maui News - - OPINION - KEKOA ENOMOTO Kekoa Enomoto is a 32-year home­lands ben­e­fi­ciary at Keokea farm lots, the very last agri­cul­tural home­steads awarded statewide, in May 1986. She chairs Pa‘up­ena CDC.

The piko, or cen­ter, of the Na­tive

Hawai­ian uni­verse well may be Wailuku start­ing 9:30 Mon­day morn­ing.

And res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike are wel­come when the

Hawai­ian Homes

Com­mis­sion (HHC) con­venes Mon­day and Tues­day to con­sider Hawai­ian is­sues and con­cerns on the Val­ley Isle and statewide. To view the agenda and a de­tailed “HHC Meet­ing Packet” for the gath­er­ing at Paukukalo Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 655 Kau­muali‘i St., see web­site DHHL.hawaii.gov and click on Hawai­ian Homes Com­mis­sion Meet­ings 2018.

The com­mis­sion is a pol­icy-mak­ing body un­der the aus­pices of the 1921 Hawai­ian Homes Com­mis­sion Act fed­eral trust. The nine-mem­ber en­tity guides the state Depart­ment of Hawai­ian Home Lands (DHHL), whose role is to man­age 200,000 trust acres ear­marked for homes and farms for those with 50 per­cent Hawai­ian blood quan­tum, or trust ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

From one Hawai­ian’s “viewpoint,” the most im­por­tant Maui is­sues in­clude that 5,276 ben­e­fi­cia­ries lan­guish on wait­ing lists for Maui agri­cul­tural and pas­toral home­steads, while DHHL per­mits more than 5,000 Maui ag and pas­toral trust acres to non-Hawai­ians, in one case for more than three decades. And, ad­vo­cacy needs to be stronger for the pre­em­i­nent wa­ter rights of Na­tive Hawai­ians, ben­e­fi­cia­ries and farm­ers as man­dated un­der the State Wa­ter Code.

A layper­son’s guide to the two-day an­nual HHC Maui meet­ing might in­clude two sug­gested ses­sions: The J Agenda at or af­ter 2 p.m. Mon­day, when ben­e­fi­cia­ries tes­tify on their re­spec­tive co­gent mat­ters, and 6 Mon­day evening, when 11 Maui home­stead or­ga­ni­za­tions have an op­por­tu­nity to present their pro­grams and achieve­ments.

Pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to the above-men­tioned is­sues in­clude to en­gage and ed­u­cate wait­lis­ters, and em­power them to ad­vo­cate for them­selves by tes­ti­fy­ing at monthly HHC meet­ings on all ma­jor is­lands. To pur­sue such so­lu­tions, the Maui Home­stead Farm­ers & Ranch­ers As­so­ci­a­tion was formed, led by pres­i­dent Sarah Ma­mane Nak­i­hei. The group’s mis­sion is to serve and ad­vo­cate for the 5,276 na­tive Hawai­ians on wait­lists for Maui ag and pas­toral home­stead awards.

To ad­dress decades-long DHHL per­mit­ting of Val­ley Isle home­lands to nonHawai­ians, a Maui ben­e­fi­ciary group seeks to repa­tri­ate 4,006 acres of Up­coun­try trust lands for wait­lis­ters’ ag and pas­toral use. The IRS 501(c)(3) non­profit Pa‘up­ena Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has ap­plied for a Right Of En­try, or ROE, to the acreage, to run 100 or more head of dairy or beef cat­tle, and to op­er­ate a 100acre ag park to train wait­lis­ters to farm and raise live­stock. Pa‘up­ena prin­ci­pals will tes­tify about 2 p.m. Mon­day for DHHL and HHC to ap­prove its 2-year-old ROE ap­pli­ca­tion.

To en­hance ben­e­fi­ciary and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in Hawai­ian is­sues, Pa‘up­ena CDC will host a Nov. 3 Maui Home­stead Sum­mit at Waio­huli home­stead in Kula.

Reg­is­ter for the day­long event, open free to the pub­lic, at web­site www.pau­pena .org/RSVP by Oct. 25.

Re­gard­ing wa­ter and other na­tive rights, the piko of the Hawai­ian uni­verse in three weeks will be the bal­lot box. The ben­e­fi­ciary Vote2Rise cam­paign urges ev­ery­one to vote in the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion. Reg­is­ter to vote or to re­ceive a per­ma­nent ab­sen­tee bal­lot at a Vote2Rise ta­ble at this week­end’s Get Out the Vote mini-con­cert. The grass­roots event un­folds from 5 to 9 Satur­day evening in the former Kmart park­ing lot.

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