Aloha,

1. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS CAUCUS:

February 6, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., at the Democratic Party of Hawaii (DPH) headquarters, 627 South Street. Dial in number is (712) 451-0200, access code 938390. Purpose: To determine our position on several bills as listed in paragraph 2 below and on the confirmation of Ms. Jobie Masagatani, Chair, Dept of Hawaiian Home Lands. Note: While all Democrats may attend meetings, only those registered as members of the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus may vote. Application to join the caucus can be found at www.hawaiianaffairs.org.

February 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m., DPH Headquarters, Dial in number is (712) 451-0200, access code 938390. Purpose: To receive a presentation from the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) on the management of Mauna Kea and future plans.

2. LEGISLATIVE BILLS:

The following bills were discussed at the recent general membership meeting. At our February 6 meeting, we will decide on our position to support, oppose, or kanalua (monitor). Also, Ms. Masagatani has requested an opportunity to meet with us to provide information on DHHL and to answer any questions, thus, she will be our guest speaker at this meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to have your comments considered, please email Raytan Vares, Chair, HAC Legislative Committee, raytanv@gmail.comwith your comments, citing the specific bill number and title.

HB 1067, Relating to Mauna Kea, that prohibits any development on conservation lands of the Mauna Kea summit at 6,000 feet above sea level and higher.

HB1119, La Ku‘oko‘a Holiday, that reestablishes La Ku’oko’a, Hawaiian Recognition Day, as an official state holiday.

SB727, Relating to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 1) The bill subjects OHA employees in the State’s civil service and public employees to a collective bargaining system; 2) Sets term limits for members of the Board of Trustees to no more than three terms or twelve years; 3) Increases partial public funding for candidates running for seats on the board of trustees of OHA to match the partial public funding provided to the lieutenant governor as these are statewide elections; and 4) Requires that names of candidates running for seats on the board of trustees of OHA to be listed on the ballot in random order, rather than the current alphabetical order.

HB 954, Relating to Public Lands, that clarifies that lands set aside to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation by the Governor or leased to the Corporation by other State departments and agencies are exempt from the definition of “public lands”

HB 998, Relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, that excludes from the definition of “public lands” in section 171-2, HRS, lands set aside by the governor to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) or lands to which the HPHA holds title. Requires legislative approval of the sale of lands to which the HPHA holds title.

HB 478, Relating to Public Lands, clarifies that lands set aside to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation by the Governor or leased to the Corporation by other state departments and agencies are exempt from the definition of public lands.

SB 212, Relating to the Hawaiian Home Lands, that provides that a lessee of Hawaiian Homelands may use the value of the lease as collateral for a loan to build a dwelling on the tract of leased land; provided that a lender who does not qualify to be a lessee of Hawaiian Homes under this Act shall not become a lessee of the respective tract of land. During membership discussions, it was noted that currently banks don’t count the value of the land in loan applications; this bill would open up opportunity to do that. Loan can only be used to build on that particular land. If someone is foreclosed, then opportunity for that house goes to people on the HHL list. Also, loan is only for houses/dwellings, not commercial development people.

SB195, Relating to Hawaiian as an Official Language of the State of Hawaii, that requires that the Hawaiian version of a law be held binding if the law in question was originally drafted in Hawaiian and then translated into English. Requires the ‘okina and kahako be used, when appropriate, in documents prepared by or for state or county agencies or officials.

3. HAWAII STATE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HEARINGS:

The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs will be conducting hearings on the bills described below on the dates and times indicated. We encourage you, as individuals, to submit testimony on these bills. Please send a copy of your testimony to Raytan Vares, raytanv@gmail.comso that we can determine the sentiments of our Caucus members.

January 29, 2019, 1:15 p.m., Room 016, Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

SB642, RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I. Inserts article thirteen of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into the Hawaii Revised Statutes. Requires that the Hawaiian version of a law be held binding if the law in question was originally drafted in Hawaiian and then translated into English. Requires that ‘okina and kahako be used, when appropriate, in documents prepared by or for state or county agencies or officials.

SB195, RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I. Requires that the Hawaiian version of a law be held binding if the law in question was originally drafted in Hawaiian and then translated into English. Requires that ‘okina and kahako be used, when appropriate, in documents prepared by or for state or county agencies or officials.

January 31, 2019, 1:15 p.m., Room 016, Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

SB282, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS. Appropriates funds for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

SB695, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS. Requires the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to digitize its applicant, beneficiary, and lessee records. Companion bill HB259 was heard by the House Water, Land and Hawaiian Affairs Committee on January 25, 2019. It was passed with amendment. The amended version has not yet been posted to the legislature’s website.

SB212, RELATING TO HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS. Provides that a lessee of Hawaiian Homelands may use the value of the lease as collateral for a loan to build a dwelling on the tract of leased land; provided that a lender who does not qualify to be a lessee of Hawaiian Homes under this Act shall not become a lessee of the respective tract of land.

February 5, 2019, 1:15 p.m., Room 016, Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs

SB728, RELATING TO OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS, Increases the amount of money available from partial public funding to candidates running for the board of trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to match the amount available to candidates running for the office of lieutenant governor.

SB729, RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS. Amends ballot requirements to display candidat3es for the board of trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, by residency and non-residency requirements and to randomize the order of candidate names within those groupings.

SB730, RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS. Establishes term limits of not more than the lesser of three terms or twelve years for members of the board of trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

SB681, RELATING TO TERM LIMITS. Prohibits a member of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs from serving more than two consecutive four-year terms. Permits reelection after an absence of a full four-year term.

At the time of this writing, the House Water, Land, and Hawaiian Affairs Committee had not yet posted hearing notices.

Copies of all bills or resolutions can be found on the Hawaii State Legislature website, www.capitol.hawaii.com. We also encourage you to register an account with the legislature at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/login/register.aspx As a registered user, you can track your own personalized list of measures, and get e-mail notifications for hearings on specific measures or for specific committees. Registered users can also submit online testimony more easily, since much of the information needed to send testimony through the website-date/time/place of hearing, etc.- will populate automatically by entering a bill/resolution number.

Me kealoha pumehana,

LEIMOMI KHAN, Chair