December 23rd, 2004


Hawaiians Being Fleeced by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)


A Hawaiian Homeland development shortchanges tenants

Kevin O’Leary
November 03, 2004

Darin Awong has been served his eviction notice. After months of having video cameras trained on his Kapolei house and suspicious cars cruising by late at night, his landlord has determined that Awong has an ‘ineligible tenant’ living in his house.

Kahealani Keahi-Wood and her husband own their 4-year-old home on leasehold land above the city. On a recent morning, Keahi-Wood noticed a Jaguar drive up her street. People armed with cameras and notebooks emerged.

“I asked them what they were doing and they said they were making a mandatory inspection—that they were the management company in charge of taking care of our community—and they were taking pictures of houses and lots that were in violation of the rules and regulations. They were proposing to make a fine of $25 for every violation that they see. And the fines could be used as a lien against your house if you didn’t pay.”

Awong and Keahi-Wood don’t know each other, but they have one thing in common: They are Hawaiian and procured their houses because the land beneath them is owned by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL).

Created out of legislation pushed through Congress by Prince Kuhio in 1921, DHHL controls more than 200,000 acres throughout the islands, and has been slowly awarding parcels to people with 50 percent or more Hawaiian blood. In the past, the awards have often been virtually worthless, due to the remoteness of the land or lack of infrastructure. Approximately 20,000 qualified Hawaiians remain on the Department’s waiting list.

The Lingle administration made “putting Hawaiians on the land” a campaign promise, and the new DHHL Chairman, Micah Kane, recently announced the Department’s acquisition, from other state departments, of 1,800 acres on O‘ahu, Maui and the Big Island. Kane claims that the new land will provide homes for 3,500 families. DHHL, however, is not in the business of building homes; if past experience is any indicator Kane will, in many cases, seek to “partner” with private developers, who will build the housing for profit, selling them to individual Hawaiians who qualify for a loan.

What these new suburbs will look like is a matter of great concern to Kane, who stated in a recent Honolulu Advertiser article that DHHL has “…really shifted its philosophy…to move toward master-planned communities.” The trouble is, not everyone likes the plan—or the master.

Enter Awong and Keahi-Wood, two “beneficiaries” who live inside two versions of the new paradigm for the 21st century Hawaiian Homestead. “A prison without walls,” says Awong. For Keahi-Wood, “Everything is violation, violation, violation.”

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On Hawaiians being Evicted/Ousted from Hawai'i: Case in point - Aaron Mahi

I don't know why he may be ousted but this is an example of how a Hawaiian's success can be eclipsed by some alamihi crabs. That's why I do not care if someone is Hawaiian or not. If they no respect then they get no respect. In this example, he seems to have been very dedicated yet now the alamihi crabs are going to try to pull him down. More power to him. Unfortunately many people do not like it when a Hawaiian has any kind of power. Other Hawaiians included. That is why I am careful with other Hawaiians for Hawaiians can sometimes be their worse enemies acting like alamihi crabs. As a Hawaiian, I prefer to stay from other Hawaiians who act like alamihi crabs because they don't like it when you are more successful, popular, and/or affluent than you. The list goes on.

Of course there are Hawaiians who need to be exposed because they keep eating malasadas from Leonard's Bakery instead of focusing on the needs of Hawaiians like the directors at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs but I digress. I will be adding their pics and acts against the Hawaiian people on my other website, We'll see if they continue to act o ka stupid. I have been busy reading some of their reports which I will post on that site just as soon as I have enough time to do so. Anyway this is an interesting article about a successful Hawaiian:

Royal Hawaiian's Bandmaster May Be Ousted

Mahi Has Run Municipal Band For 24 Years

HONOLULU -- Aaron Mahi has run the city's Royal Hawaiian Band for 24 years, but now, his job may be in jeopardy.

Mayor-elect Mufi Hannemann's transition team has interviewed several potential replacements for Mahi, who is lobbying to keep his job overseeing the only municipal band in the country.

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