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OHA plans labeled ‘insulting’ by critics

December 8, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - State Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) officials presented a proposed settlement to Native Hawaiians last weekend in which the agency would receive $200 million in Honolulu real estate for revenue generated on Hawaiian monarchy lands.

But some of the approximately 50 people who attended the meeting at Maui Waena Intermediate School reacted with anger and distrust of OHA negotiating a deal with the state. During a question-and-answer session, resident Foster Ampong said that having OHA, a state agency, negotiate with the state is "really, really insulting to us here."

Ampong likened the proposed settlement to efforts to convince Hawaiians to support the Akaka Bill and its aim to have the federal government recognize Hawaiians as a native people. He said both were being "shoved down our throat." OHA Chief Executive Officer Clyde Namu'o said the settlement was aimed at the agency receiving a share of money owed from the use of ceded lands.



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