HONOLULU—On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the members of the House Committee on Finance voted to pass unamended, House Concurrent Resolution 224. Introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, House Concurrent Resolution 224 calls for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other entities to provide support services to encourage successful farming on DHHL agricultural and pastoral lands.
A 2010 study by the Center for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) revealed that although there are nearly twenty thousand applicants for agricultural and pastoral leases on homestead land, fewer than sixteen hundred have actually been awarded leases. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has proven that partnerships with other entities, such as the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, can be beneficial in expanding its educational and technical assistance programs.
With the augmentation of support services by partnering with other entities, such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the increase in the number of successful homesteaders in agricultural enterprises can be accelerated. With the gainful knowledge and training in commercial and subsistence agricultural production, best management practices, marketing, financial, and business skills, more homesteaders can put be in the best possible position to succeed.
Rep. Mele Carroll said, “This legislation will not only fortify efforts that will nobly benefit current lessees of Hawaiian Home Lands, but also those who are humbly waiting the awarding of future leases. The passing of House Concurrent Resolution 224 helps bring to the forefront the importance and need for the establishment of partnerships that will promote the success of our Hawaiian homesteaders. These partnerships will provide a solid foundation for that success to continue and build on.”