Thousands of legal migrants from Pacific island nations are now unable to get federally approved IDs due to new Homeland Security guidelines.
There were more questions than answers in a packed meeting Friday as a federal official tried to clarify the effect of new Homeland Security rules.
He is the second Ige Cabinet member who the governor had hoped would continue to lead an agency but whose appointment ran into trouble in the Senate.
Jobie Masagatani will earn a six-figure salary as executive assistant to the director.
The Housing Authority extended the deadline for nearly 14,000 applicants to sign up on the wait list.
State officials say new federal guidelines prohibit many Pacific Islanders from getting licenses and state IDs that comply with the REAL ID Act.
The result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the long battle.
The Honolulu Public Housing Authority has sent out nearly 14,000 letters, but some advocates fear people won’t understand their importance.