Honolulu- The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs and the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaii Affairs will be conducting a series of informational briefings to receive updates on several emergent issues being addressed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).
The briefings will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol conference room 329.
During the briefing the committees and departments will discuss:
- Beginning at 9:30 a.m.: The Audit of the DHHL Homestead Services Division, the outcome of the DHHL Roundtable Discussions that occurred at the Hawaii State Capitol and the 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention in August and September 2013, completion of the Nelson v. HHC settlement payments, vacant DHHL properties, and other community concerns.
- 1:30 p.m.: The process and plan of execution for the 2014 primary election of candidates for Trustee of OHA.
- Directly followed by: Corrective and/or other actions taken or planned in response to the audit conducted by the Office of the State Auditor (Report no. 13-07 of September, 2013) on the management and condition of OHA.
One of the goals of these briefings is to try and come up with ways for DHHL and OHA to achieve greater financial self-sufficiency and to maximize their resources, similar to the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate trust,” said Senate Hawaiian Affairs Chair Maile Shimabukuro.
“From these hearings, we hope to have thoughtful discussion on issues and concerns that have been raised, and to identify the best solutions to better serve the Hawaiian people and our communities,” added Representative Faye Hanohano, Chair of the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs.
Other relevant issues will also be discussed.
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