STAND. COM. REP. NO.  311-12


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2012


RE:   H.B. No. 2531





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 2531 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to authorize the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, with unanimous consent from the commission, to suspend administrative rules and award a homestead lease to any native Hawaiian who has been on the Hawaiian Home Lands waitlist for at least 20 years.


     The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly, Kewalo Hawaiian Homestead Community Association, Sovereign Mokupuni O Oahu, Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association, Aha Moku Advisory Committee, Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club of Kona, and several concerned individuals supported the measure.  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs offered comments on the measure.


     Your Committee notes that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands testified in strong support of the measure and added that of the 21,151 residential applicants on the Hawaiian Home Lands waitlist, 6,740 have been on the waitlist for at least 20 years.  The Department added that the measure targets nearly one-third of the native Hawaiians who are waiting for a lease and who may otherwise never be able to accept the lease award.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2531 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs,