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Sen Fevella to Lead Protest Rally as DHHL Tries to Justify Casino Proposal
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SENATE MINORITY LEADER KURT FEVELLA TO LEAD PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION  IN OPPOSITION TO DHHL'S PROPOSED CASINO BILL

News Release from Office of Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella, Dec 22, 2020

(Honolulu, HI) - Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella (Distinct 19 - Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of Ewa Villages) is organizing a peaceful demonstration today at the Department of Hawaiian Homelands headquarters in Kapolei. The demonstration is in opposition to a legislative proposal that the Hawaiian Homes Commission is considering to authorize limited casino gaming m the form of a single integrated resort property in Kapolei.

Peaceful demonstrations will begin at 9:00am ahead of the of Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting that is scheduled for 9:30am.

Native Hawaiians are in need of homes, not a casino," said Minority Leader Fevella. "As legislators, we need to ensure that the State fulfills it's obligation to Native Hawaiians currently on the Hawaiian Homes wait list. I've encouraged all of my legislative colleagues to join me and other DHHL beneficiaries as we peacefully express our opposition to this proposed casino bill."

For more information, please contact Senate Minority Leader Kurt Fevella at 808-864-4634.  

KITV: Senator Fevella opposes Kapolei casino plans

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DHHL BRINGS PROPOSED LIMITED GAMING LEGISLATION TO HHC

News Release from DHHL, Dec 21, 2020

(Kapolei, Oʻahu) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) brought forth a draft Legislative proposal to the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) on Monday, December 21, 2020 that could address DHHL’s nearly $200 million annual budget shortfall.

Item C-1 on HHC’s regularly scheduled December 2020 agenda requests that the Commission authorize limited casino gaming in the form of a single integrated resort property in Kapolei, Oʻahu on lands already designated for commercial use.

Revenues from this initiative would be used to address DHHL’s dire financial state by ensuring the Department is the primary beneficiary of the gaming operation through a land lease agreement with the licensee and direct collection of 80 percent of the proposed state tax on gross gaming revenue.

DHHL’s proposal establishes a Hawaiʻi Gaming Commission, along with details that structure the gaming license application, fees, and criteria for awarding a license. A wagering tax on gross gaming revenue and a State gaming fund, along with other appropriate funds, are also established.

The proposed State Gaming Fund is expected to invest in initiatives to address possible increases in crime, gambling addiction, and other social issues as well as provide for public security, job training, traffic improvements, and the administrative expenses of the new Gaming Commission.

“The bottom line is that native Hawaiians have been ignored for decades and this program has been chronically underfunded from the beginning,” said Deputy to the Chair Tyler Gomes.  “We’ve amended the state constitution, we’ve tried legislation both at the Federal and State levels, we’ve sued in the courts, and here we are 100 years later with beneficiaries still waiting. What we are asking the Commission for today is to allow for this proposal to go forward to the Legislature for a meaningful discussion and for the Legislature and the Governor to give us the opportunity to become financially self-sufficient so we can finally deliver on the promise made to the Hawaiian people.”

There are currently 28,730 individual native Hawaiians on DHHL’s Waiting List for a homestead lot. Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules allow beneficiaries to hold a maximum of two applications, one for a residential lease and the other for either an agricultural lease or a pastoral lease. As of June 30, 2020, there are 45,988 lease applications comprised of applications for residential, agricultural, and pastoral homesteads.

The infrastructure costs for developing DHHL’s raw landholdings into land suitable for homesteading averages $150,000 per lot. Lot development can take between six and eight years to complete after environmental compliance, archeological requirements, water source development, permitting, and construction. DHHL has received record-level funding from the Legislature since 2014, amounting to roughly $24 million a year for administrative and operational costs and $25 million for capital improvement projects, but the funding amounts are still short of the Department’s request of nearly $240 million annually.

The draft Legislative proposal, upon submission, would be reviewed by the Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Budget & Finance, and Governor David Ige for consideration in his Legislative packet. Should the Governor include the proposed measure in his packet, the draft Legislation would then proceed to be considered by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. If the Governor chooses not to include it in his packet, the Department may seek a Legislator to introduce the proposal.

The Commissioners are anticipated to vote on the agenda item on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. HHC meetings are streamed live on DHHL’s website, dhhl.hawaii.gov/live. The draft legislation can be found under the Hawaiian Homes Commission’s 2020 Meeting Schedule, dhhl.hawaii.gov/hhc.

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