Sunday, June 23, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, January 1, 2022
OHA’s 2022 Legislative Package
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 1902 Views :: Land Use, OHA

OHA’s 2022 Legislative Package

by Nina Ki, Letani Peltier and Sharde Freitas, OHA Public Policy Advocates, Ka Wai Ola, January 1, 2022

Another exciting legislative session is just around the corner with opening day on Jan. 19, 2022. Although the details have not been finalized, House leadership has announced their intent to continue enabling remote meetings and testimony to enhance public participation in the legislative process, although they anticipate that with reduced pandemic restrictions, the State Capitol may be re-opening to the public soon.

OHA’s Public Policy team is looking forward to utilizing the lessons learned from the last legislative session as we continue to advocate for the lāhui at the legislature in 2022.

Public Policy has been hard at work preparing for the coming legislative session. From July through September, Public Policy advocates met with approximately 50 community organizations to discuss ideas and issues to help develop OHA’s 2022 legislative package. These important conversations yielded over 125 potential legislative concepts, which Public Policy then refined into a proposal for approval by the OHA Board of Trustees.

Ultimately, the Board of Trustees (1) approved the drafting and submission of a Public Land Trust focused bill to the 2022 legislature; and (2) approved the measure entitled Building Back Pono: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in the Post-COVID Era to be included in the 2022 Legislative Package.

The Public Land Trust – Act 273, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi 1980, enacted section 10-13.5, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, to implement the Office of Hawaiian affairs’ pro rata share and provide that “[t]wenty per cent of all funds derived from the public land trust . . . shall be expended by the [Office of Hawaiian Affairs] . . . for the purposes of this chapter.” The State of Hawaiʻi has formally recognized that “twenty percent of all funds derived from the public land trust” must be set aside to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the betterment of the conditions of Native Hawaiians and to serve as receptacle for reparations to the Native Hawaiian People. However, based on independent audits and the state’s own accounting, OHA has determined that the amount currently received falls woefully short of the 20% owed to Native Hawaiians. OHA seeks to prioritize holding the State of Hawaiʻi accountable with this measure.

Building Back Pono: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities for a Post-COVID-19 Era – The goal of this measure is to ensure that future developments do not amplify socioeconomic divides in Hawaiʻi as we build back smarter beyond the pandemic. The current environmental review process considers social welfare, economic welfare, and cultural practices – but does not include a specific analysis of whether an action will exacerbate existing socioeconomic disparities. Past projects that have impacted vulnerable communities or widened socioeconomic divides include the Keaukaha, Waimānalo Gulch, and Kahuku windmill controversies. By adding a socioeconomic disparities analysis to the environmental review process, this measure seeks to encourage decision-makers to consider whether a proposed project would unfairly impact disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Public Policy would like to extend its mahalo to everyone who participated in the legislative outreach process. The ʻike that was shared is invaluable; it helps Public Policy to better understand the various issues in the Native Hawaiian community and will help to inform Public Policy’s advocacy for years to come.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii