Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations Policy Summit scheduled for July 23 : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

A coalition focused on service to the Native Hawaiian community will meet later this month to discuss plans for funds recently allocated to the Hawaii Land Department for waitlist recipients.

Governor David Ige recently signed legislation $600 million in funding for DHHL to provide services to the Hawaiian Home Lands waiting list, which now numbers 28,500 families.

“With this milestone, members of the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations will continue their work to produce a $600 million profit-making strategic plan to present to the next governor and legislature in December of this year,” said Kipukai Kualii, Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Property Associations policy president, said in a press release.

The next planning session is scheduled for July 23. The Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Property Associations policy summit is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in O’ahu. Fifty farms, allies and waitlist leaders will adopt a program encompassing a policy framework around five core impact components.

Since the promulgation of House Bill 2511 by the state legislature, the coalition of the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations and the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands laid out plans for the funds, taking stock of priorities and solutions from local and national leaders.

“This is a significant funding allocation to the next DHHL administration,” Mike Kahikina, president of the Hawaiians Association for Homestead Lands, said in the press release. “As the most experienced community on our lands takes action, we have seen resources come and go in the hands of the state, we have seen solutions simply misunderstood, again and again. Producing a profit plan directly expresses how the $600 million should be spent to maximize the intent of ownership, with a positive impact on the entire Hawaiian economy. It’s our civic voice, it’s good old-fashioned democracy and civic engagement. We hope it will be well received. »

Two more summits are scheduled for September 15 and October 8. The final version of the grantees’ strategic plan is due Dec. 10 in the state legislature. The Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations plan is in addition to the mandated legislative plan to be issued by DHHL to lawmakers on the same date.

Anyone interested in contributing to the work of the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations and its members on this policy project or applying to attend the upcoming policy summit can contact the organization by email at [email protected]

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