I wanted to update you on the progress of activities relating to the repeal of the City's mandatory leasehold conversion ordinance (Chapter 38). As you are well aware, this ordinance has allowed the city government, since 1991, to condemn private property from owners like Kamehameha Schools, Queen Lili'uokalani Trust and others to sell to individuals who initially agreed to lease the property.
We opposed this law from the outset, and many other landowners have joined the struggle to get Chapter 38 off the books. All of our efforts appear to be succeeding. Council Bill 53 - a bill specifically calling for the repeal of Chapter 38 - was introduced early last fall and it is now headed for its third and final reading. If Bill 53 passes in its current form, mandatory leasehold conversion ends.
This has been a long, difficult struggle, and many of you have been with us in support from the beginning. Warriors like LeRoy and Maude Akamine, Roy Benham, Bob and Paulette Moore and many other alumni, parents, faculty, staff and other supporters have been fighting mandatory conversion for decades. And along the way we have bonded with others from inside and outside the Kamehameha 'ohana - individuals, families, groups - who shared the same concerns and frustrations, and who now are also feeling closer to victory. All of us can feel proud of what we have accomplished together to get to this point. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our executive management team and myself, I would like to say mahalo for your continuing support for the legacy of our founder. Pauahi's land, truly, is the core of her gift to her people, and by working to repeal Chapter 38 we have all done an immense service to the protection of her trust. Mahalo Nui Loa!
I also want to pass along information we just received from Queen Lili'uokalani Trust regarding the Bill 53 hearing that will be held today, January 26, at 1pm at Honolulu Hale. Lili'uokalani Trust, which has taken the lead in the most recent repeal effort, is hosting a day-long gathering on the grounds of Kawaiaha'o Church in support of Bill 53's passage.
The plan for today's gathering is as follows:
9:00 AM - 12:45 PM: Gather at Kawaiahao Church/Likeke Hall
9:30 AM Breakfast-in-a-bag will be available (ham & egg sandwich, banana,
10:30 AM Service in Kawaiahao Church led by Kahu William Kaina
11:30 AM Light bento lunch in Likeke Hall
12:30 PM Procession/march to Honolulu Hale
1:00 PM - Whenever: Honolulu Hale Courtyard and Council Chambers
Folding chairs will be available in the "courtyard" (1st floor of Hale). These will be in a stack against the wall. Please feel free to use and return to stack when pau. We anticipate there will be an overflow out of the Council chambers, so the City will have 150 chairs.
From 4:30 PM Dinner bentos will be made available for folks to eat there or take home.
Mahalo, again, for your continuing support for Kamehameha Schools. I mua Kamehameha!
Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer
By the way, Dee Jay Mailer is a Kamehameha Schools graduate. Thank you for reading!!!!!!