Homestead award ends family's 51-year...

Homestead award ends family's 51-year wait - Hawaii News

There are 31 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 19, 2008, titled Homestead award ends family's 51-year wait - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

For many, it was a line several decades long. But patience was rewarded yesterday when the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands awarded 205 families home lots in its East Kapolei project.

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auntyg

San Diego, CA

#1 Oct 19, 2008
geez if u gotta wait that long for a home, you coulda bought the home you renting by now. this dhhl is so cartoon....hawaiians still getting ripped off and this time by their own kind. bogus!!!!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#2 Oct 19, 2008
HHL is illegal. No race discrimination is allowed under the FHA. Give land and homes to those in need whether Micronesian, haole, Samoan or whatever. Race discrimination has spoiled Hawaiians and made them inept and lazy. They need to compete just as eevryone else does. No more race discrimination! hawaii is haunted by it.
Killa Wiffa

AOL

#4 Oct 19, 2008
Finally!!!!!!!! What is HHL doing all these years????????
zip

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Oct 19, 2008
Mahu wrote:
Alice and I agree on this subject. How scary!
Alice, if you married a Hawaiian man who was 50% "Hawaiian" and you were living on Hawaiian Homelands, and your "Hawaiian" husband died, you and your children would be evicted because you are haole and your kids are less than 50% "Hawaiian".
How unjust would this situation be if you were 80 years old and you had no where to live after you were evicted only because you were non-Hawaiian?
This is government sanctioned RACISM!
Hawaiian Homelands is that way, but not Hawaiian Homestead,isn't it the 999 year lease? My husbands family lives on Homestead land in Hauula, and alot of them married Haoles, even Im of caucasian background, I thought Hawaiian Homes vs Hawaiian Homestead was different , I dont know, if anyone out there can answer this can we get it straight please. My relatives signed up for Hawaiian Homes and is still on the list. I know they had to go through all kinds of Family history and birth certificates of parents, grandparents and great grand parents, so why is it RASICM? Or you think it really is?
Richard Richardson

Honolulu, HI

#8 Oct 19, 2008
I'm curious why there wasn't some sort of armed revolt by Hawaiians to obtain homelands long before now. I guess they never had a history of land ownership before and didn't need private property for their traditional lifestyles. Most seem to have lived in grass shacks on the beaches. Actually not at all a bad way to have lived. The American Indians didn't have to do battle for their reservation lands. Most were forced to live there after suffering overwhelming defeat while trying to retain their traditional lands. They didn't divide the land into segregated units but regarded it as the product of and the domain of the Great Spirit.
Lolo

Honolulu, HI

#9 Oct 20, 2008
The only agency more incompetant than OHA is Hawaiian Homes. I grumble about waiting in line at the bank but at HHL, people die before they get any service.
bill

Hawthorne, CA

#10 Oct 20, 2008
This is a sad, sad day! 51 years? Are you kidding me..."fifty one" YEARS? This is sad! Why so long? Someone or a number of someones, need to be fired! This is crap! The Hawaiians gets the shaft and others get the GOLD! Same old story. Blood quantum is a sack of bull****! 51 YEAR? Simple question...."WHY"
land

Honolulu, HI

#11 Oct 20, 2008
I need to do some research to find the OHA candidates who have pledged to reform or end the agency once and for all. Anyone got a list?

If the Akaka Bill ever gets passed, it will go to the US Supreme Court, and that will be the end of OHA, HHL, and the Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy.
Reality Check

Mililani, HI

#12 Oct 20, 2008
If you do the math, DHHL - under Micah Kane's leadership - has awarded more homes than the previous 80 years. DHHL is doing things right and they're serving the people they should.

What a sad group of postings below, discussing racism. This is about making right what was wronged a long time ago.
bill

Hawthorne, CA

#13 Oct 20, 2008
You know what pisses me off more, about this story? I was born and lived on Homestead Land (Papakolea) and NOW, I am told I can't qualify to return home to live on homestead, because I don't have enough Hawaiian blood....yet People without Hawaiian last name DO. My Dad was Hawaiian and my MOM Hawaiian Chinese and "Built" our home with the help of my Tutu and Uncles and now me and my brothers and sisters are OUT? This is a bunch of BS
Steven Speilberg

United States

#14 Oct 20, 2008
Why wait 50 years when you could have worked, bought and paid off a home with 20 years to spare. Layabouts.
Zoomer32

Ewa Beach, HI

#15 Oct 20, 2008
alice wrote:
HHL is illegal. No race discrimination is allowed under the FHA. Give land and homes to those in need whether Micronesian, haole, Samoan or whatever. Race discrimination has spoiled Hawaiians and made them inept and lazy. They need to compete just as eevryone else does. No more race discrimination! hawaii is haunted by it.
So you call an Act of Congress (Hawaiian Homestead Act 1920) illegal, but Annexation was legal? Blame the U.S. Congress for this "race discrimination."
Zoomer32

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 Oct 20, 2008
land wrote:
I need to do some research to find the OHA candidates who have pledged to reform or end the agency once and for all. Anyone got a list?
If the Akaka Bill ever gets passed, it will go to the US Supreme Court, and that will be the end of OHA, HHL, and the Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy.
Sounds like wishful thinking to me. You better go back and learn about our political system. The US Supreme Court only interprets the law -- if the Akaka bill becomes an Act of Congress, the Supreme Court cannot change it -- all Hawaiian trusts will be protected.
Zoomer32

Ewa Beach, HI

#17 Oct 20, 2008
Mahu wrote:
Hauula? Could be Mormon property. Not Hawaiian Home Lands.
If your genealogy proves the occupants are lees than 50% "Hawaiian" then yes, you should be afraid! Dept of Hawaiian Home Lands will evict you if you are not 50% "Hawaiian"!
Zip, you are showing your ignorance. Please get educated. PS - the lease is not 999 years it's 99 years.
Here's another PS. To preserve the 50% "Hawaiian" blood quatum. You have to marry someone who has a similar blood quatum or else your next generation will not inherit the property.
But more insidious is the inbreeding the government has created to provide a gene pool so small that the "Hawaiian race" will disintegrate because of government racist policies!
It wasn't meant to preserve the blood quantum, but to restrict lease awards. The U.S. Congress assumed the Hawaiians would have been extinct by now, therefore the homelands would have reverted back (at that time, the territory of Hawaii). But Prince Kuhio wanted to help the people who were suffering the most at the time (1920s).

BTW, although 50% qualifies an applicant for leasehold properties, 25% can be bequeathed a lease, so if Haole spouse has children, he/she can still live on Hawaiian homelands.
Zoomer32

Ewa Beach, HI

#18 Oct 20, 2008
Steven Speilberg wrote:
Why wait 50 years when you could have worked, bought and paid off a home with 20 years to spare. Layabouts.
Didn't you read the article? How do you buy a house with a little over a dollar an hour wage? She admitted she abused credit cards, and now she is debt-free. I think that is quite honorable. How dare you racially discriminate against Hawaiians by calling them layabouts. I qualify for Hawaiian homes, but I own two homes from busting my buns, without any handouts. Creep.
Bruddahman

San Francisco, CA

#19 Oct 20, 2008
kuz,, the problem is we the 50th state. Sounds good huh, but we our a small group of islands in the middle of the pacific, Not related in any way shape or form to the mainland U.S. Nothing in our way of life, culture etc.. is similar. In fact it is more opposite. So to expect foreigners to understand is impossible. So now we are called racist. Because they no can understand. My point is a lot of our problems are caused by the U.S. getting their money
from us (land) and the foreignors that take office in politics that control (run) our state. Baically we're run by kindergarten teachers and scandalist lawyers or mailmen.(no offense- but true)
We had Kupunas before, we need Kupunas now to oversee what is being done in Hawaii. And our beloved country needs to be willing to work something out with our people. I am a part hawaiian , now that I'm older have got to say that.
In our American Society I am a mutt or whatever derogtory term there is for mixed raced people. The truth is America has always been racist PERIOD. So hearing all these people say we are racist cause we want to help our people that came from here, resided nad lived here and prospered in Hawaii before the "white man" came here is ironic....and honestly it is a fact that they took advantage of our ancestors that had no idea how valuable our land was, and that is a crime itself. My example: IF your neighbor inherited a 1 million dollar ring and was not educated or knowledeable. Would it be ok for you to give them a red blanket for it because you knew they like the color red and knew they did not know the value of their ring??
Richard Richardson

Honolulu, HI

#20 Oct 20, 2008
The tragedy of Hawaiian history is the way that change destroyed a unique island lifestyle. Exposure to diseases that were mild to the ones who carried the diseases killed off most of the Kapunas as well as much of the Hawaiian population. What appears to have been an amazing awareness of the cosmos has been lost because it was not written or kept in a form that the Western world understood. A totally self sufficient, integrated, conscientious and sharing culture was replaced by one that lives off self interest and parasitical exploitation of resources. Odd that Hawaiians are now the ones that need to be assimilated into their traditional homelands.
HAwaiian Indian

Ewa Beach, HI

#21 Oct 20, 2008
alice wrote:
HHL is illegal. No race discrimination is allowed under the FHA. Give land and homes to those in need whether Micronesian, haole, Samoan or whatever. Race discrimination has spoiled Hawaiians and made them inept and lazy. They need to compete just as eevryone else does. No more race discrimination! hawaii is haunted by it.


What of these Indians in the North America? Illegal Citizen of the U.S.of America? Hawaiian/Haoles businessmen of the Old "BIG 5" cheated the Hawaii People, Hawaiian/Kamehameha continues to cheat it's own Hawaii People too, its never ending. 50+ years to get a house?! Kamehameha School PLEASE GIVE ALL HAWAIIANS the WORLDS GREATEST EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY even if the kids blood 1/100 percent, EDUCATE everyone, born and raised in Hawaii! 1/100 percent Hawaiian, fix the lands and Build every Hawaiian a House. Billions of Dollars to watch all HAwaiian Family Suffer.
ewamom

Honolulu, HI

#22 Oct 20, 2008
bill wrote:
This is a sad, sad day! 51 years? Are you kidding me..."fifty one" YEARS? This is sad! Why so long? Someone or a number of someones, need to be fired! This is ****! The Hawaiians gets the shaft and others get the GOLD! Same old story. Blood quantum is a sack of bull****! 51 YEAR? Simple question...."WHY"
It could be that when an opportunity arose, she was not financially ready. That is the case with many people. Those who qualify with quantum and are on the list, should strive for excellent credit. Neva mind the V8 SUVs, Coach bags and choke Hawaiian bracelets. They need to get their priorities in check.
Love Waianae

Kapolei, HI

#23 Oct 20, 2008
The spouse isn't "kicked out" if the Hawaiian spouse dies. A lot of people are still on the list waiting because they aren't qualified for a home loan. If you're expecting a free ride, forget it. That's what is wrong with many people that never get picked. There are many vacant homes on Hawaiian Homestead land, lying vacant, simply because the people on the list don't want to live in a certain area and are waiting for a vacancy somewhere else, or know their bum relatives simply want to move in with them, mooch off them, not pay any bills, and ruin a good thing. One more reason is that a lot of people find they can't turn around and quickly .ell it for a profit, Myself, I think Hawaiian Homesteads is the greatest thing since sliced bread but many don't appreciate the opportunity, are simply greedy, or have the ghetto attitude and are best left in Kalihi or Waipahu. My one complaint would be that a few people living in Hawaiian Homesteads are not the people that applied, rather they are the bum relatives that think it's an Indian reservation where they can do all sorts of crimes like running chicken fights and selling dope, without consequence.

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