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Survey: What Maui Homesteaders Think About the Hawaiian Homelands Program?

October 20, 2021, 10:30 AM HST
* Updated October 20, 9:17 AM
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Pictured are participants at a two-day Kahului workshop that launched the Maui Beneficiary Hoʻohui Project in February 2019. The survey initiative involved Valley Isle Hawaiian homesteaders. Project organizers will unveil survey results 9 a.m. Saturday via Zoom.
PC: Paʻupena Community Development Corporation.

What do Maui homesteaders think about the Hawaiian homelands program?

Results of the 20-month Maui Beneficiary Hoʻohui Project will be presented during a Zoom meeting this Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m.

The survey initiative sought to involve the more than 10,600 Valley Isle beneficiaries of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. The Hawaiian homestead program is a 203,000-acre federal trust, whose beneficiaries have 50% or more native Hawaiian blood quantum.

The 10-term congressional delegate, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, had championed the Hawaiian Homes legislation.

On Maui, the century-old program encompasses 1,404 individuals with 99-year leases to residential, agricultural and kuleana (self-starter) homestead awards. Some 9,220 individuals await Valley Isle homestead awards, while 28,000 remain on statewide waitlists.

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Saturday’s Zoom meeting will reveal what survey respondents said are their homeland needs. Surveyees also proposed ways they can collaborate with the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to more effectively implement the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

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Enterprise Community Partners awarded a $50,000 project grant to the Maui-based beneficiary organization, Paʻupena Community Development Corporation. Big Water Consulting of Seattle helped execute the project that also hosted small-group focus sessions, town-hall meetings and interviews of community stakeholders.

To register for Saturday’s Zoom meeting copy and past the following URL into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsfuGurzooHNeoQcVKIwEjgpgsdetB X004 or go to www.paupena.org . For more information, contact Kekoa Enomoto at 808-276-2713 or email: [email protected]

Project sponsor Paʻupena Community Development Corporation is an Upcountry-headquartered IRS 501(c(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to provide services, training and advocacy to empower fellow Hawaiian Homes trust beneficiaries to build homes and self-sufficient communities.

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