18 Nov 2011

Agreement on Hawaii land transfer deal

1:50 pm on 18 November 2011

Agreement has been reached between the Hawaii Governor, Neil Abercrombie, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs over a claim against the state for its use of ceded lands, dating back to 1978.

Under the terms of the settlement, the state would transfer about 10 hectares adjacent to the waterfront in Kakaako to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Governor Abercrombie says they wanted a proposal that the legislature, the public and the Hawaiian community could see made coherent sense for the development and the betterment of the Hawaiian people.

The Office claims the state owes compensation for using ceded lands or crown lands once owned by the Hawaiian monarchy.

The proposed settlement still needs the approval of the state legislature.