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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs returned to the state more than $2 million owed to it from various departments that use certain ceded lands in Hawaii.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs returned $2 million to a trust fund in 2019.
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The returned funds exceeded an annual cap of $15.1 million.
The state departments are required to pay $15.1 million each year to OHA, but last year they transferred $17.1 million, according to a report from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Each year, OHA returns some of that revenue from ceded lands, former lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom, back to a state trust fund.
The departments are actually required to transfer 20% of all revenue from ceded lands to OHA.
OHA has pushed lawmakers to either raise the cap, or eliminate it and allow the office to collect the full 20% of ceded land revenues owed to it under the law.
Last year, a proposal to raise the cap to $35 million and give OHA back pay failed to clear the Legislature.
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Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell