Nearly 100 years since the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, a total of 9,700 leases have been granted. And yet, more than 27,000 qualified Hawaiians are still on a lease waiting list at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. 

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Rep. Gene Ward holds up a copy of “Broken Promises.”

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