News Release

Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands

The Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands (AHHL), added additional board seats to represent the interests of Hawaiians living on the U.S. continent at its last regular board meeting. Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands, founded in 2008, is a national homestead association registered with the U.S. Department of Interior to represent the interests of more than 28,000 Hawaiians waiting for the State of Hawai’i to issue a land award, promised to eligible Hawaiians since 1920.

“Our Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands board deliberated and adopted additional board seats, especially for our people living on the U.S. continent and Alaska,” said Mike Kahikina, Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands board chairman. “Kainoa Macdonald, on the waitlist from Maui living in Texas, is doing a great job on our board, and we recognize the need for additional board members to represent the growing population of our people living and waiting for their land award, away from home.”

The result of the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands board action increases the number of board seats dedicated to off-island leaders from one to two seats, added to the 7 seats already dedicated to Oahu, Kaua’i, Maui/Lanai, Molokai and Hawai’i island Mokupuni regions. 

“A 9-member board, with 2 dedicated to the continent and Alaska is prudent,” said Vanessa Garcia Phillips, Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands vice chairwoman. “We are adjusting to the reality that we have a growing membership of waitlist Hawaiians in so many different States across the country by adding an extra seat.”

In addition, the Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands board joined an initiative in partnership with the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) to establish a sophisticated member enrollment technology system to make sure Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands members can vote in SCHHA governance elections that occur every 4 years. SCHHA is a homestead governance entity dedicated to Hawaiians defined in the federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 (HHCA), wherein Congress directed land awards to Hawaiians, similar to Indian Allotments for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“We appreciate the recognition of our Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands board that our people living away need to have a voice at our waitlist association governance table,” remarked Kainoa Macdonald, an Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands officer. “Also, the work to establish a more modern enrollment database to make sure our waitlist families can participate in elections and homestead business of the SCHHA is also greatly needed.”

For more information about Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands, its policy advocacy work or its governing board of directors, email ahhl@hawaiianhomesteads.org.

About Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands

The Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands (AHHL), founded in 2008 represents the interests of 28,000 native Hawaiians on the State of Hawaii waitlist for a homestead land award for residential, farming and ranching purposes. Its mission is advocacy and partnership with local, state and federal governments to fulfill the obligations of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 (HHCA) enacted by the U.S. Congress. Association of Hawaiians for Homestead Lands is a federally defined homestead association registered with the U.S. Department of Interior, dedicated to moving eligible Hawaiians from a State government waitlist, onto their land, promised by the federal government.

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