An effort to allow more part-Hawaiian children and grandchildren of Hawaiian homeowners to inherit the properties has stalled in Washington.
The $5 million mortgage relief program is the latest effort by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to help people struggling to pay their bills.
Native Hawaiians have been hit hard by the latest surge in the coronavirus and still have among the lowest vaccination rates.
One hundred years ago Kuhio was instrumental in securing more than 200,000 acres of trust land for Native Hawaiians. Today, much of that land remains uninhabited.
The 80 acres coming to the Hawaiian Homes Land Trust would be the first suitable for residential homes under a law Congress approved in 1995.
The special project, Ka Ulana Pilina, aspires to serve the community by creating an inclusive space for Hawaiian language readers.
Native Hawaiians face disproportionate social and economic problems, but data about them is often incomplete, complicating efforts to improve the situation.
But the idea is controversial as many don’t think that establishing a nation within a nation is the best option.
Native Hawaiians cannot take out second mortgages or home equity lines of credit on their homesteads — but not everyone understood that was part of the deal.