25 Mar 2008

Hawaii asked to review land settlement proposal

10:19 am on 25 March 2008

The Hawaii Senate is being asked to reconsider its decision to reject a proposed 200 million US dollar state settlement offer for use of ceded lands.

Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are calling on the Legislature to continue deliberations toward approving the settlement.

The settlement would clear up 30-year-old claims about revenues due to the Office from the use of Hawaiian monarchy lands.

The Office would get 13 million dollars in state funds, plus an additional 15 million a year, plus more than 180 acres on Oahu and the Big Island.

But Senator Clayton Hee has told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that the chances of the bill being reconsidered is less than 50 percent.