House District 13

House Committee on Finance passes House Concurrent Resolution 225. Requests Office of Hawaiian Affairs to study feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for homeless native Hawaiians

In News Release on April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm

HONOLULU—On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the members of the House Committee on Finance passed House Concurrent Resolution 225 as is. Introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, House Concurrent Resolution 225 requests that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) study the feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for the homeless population whom are, or could possibly be, beneficiaries of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).

The purpose of this resolution is to address the disproportionate representation of native Hawaiians among the State’s homeless (nearly 40%) by requesting that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to conduct a feasibility study of establishing a kanaka village for those native Hawaiians that are homeless in Hawai’i. For the purposes of this Resolution, “kanaka village” means a community where native Hawaiians who are homeless, may live in tents or other approved types of shelter and subsist off the land utilizing traditional Hawaiian methods of sustainability as they progress towards home ownership.

Rep. Mele Carroll stated, “The passing of House Concurrent Resolution 225 by the Committee on Finance is a significant sign that the legislature is taking measures into hand by improving the plight of Hawaii’i’s homeless population. This critical issue requires our utmost attention as a community, to not only protect and insure the safety of our people, but to lead by example in creating safe havens for those not supported by Hawaii’i’s social safety net. House Concurrent Resolution 225 calls for the feasibility study of a program to provide for a native Hawaiian village area on Hawaiian Homelands where our native Hawaiians whom are homeless can reside without fear of harassment and eviction that is so prevalent in dealing with the homeless in Hawai’i. This is also an attempt to fulfill the Hawaiian Home Lands Act where the rehabilitation of our people can take place.”

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