HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi- Senator J. Kalani English (Dist. 7- Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe) called the signing of House Bill 451 into law “a major step in ensuring stability for generations of Hawaiian families living on homesteads.”
In an historic and symbolic gesture, the signing of HB451 (Act 80) marks the first time that a bill was signed into law on Molokaʻi, the site of the original Hawaiian Homestead lots at Kalamaʻula in 1924. HB451 lowers the Native Hawaiian blood quantum requirement from one quarter to one thirty-second for specified relatives to qualify to assume a Hawaiian homestead lease.
“This Act will allow a current homestead lessee to ensure a reasonable level of security for his or her relatives who do not have the current requirements for successorship and will allow homestead property to stay within a family for generations to come,” said Sen. English.
For more information on HB451, please visit http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=451&year=2017
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