OK sought for traditional taro

By Chris Mikesell

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2011

When Daniel Anthony first tried selling fresh, traditionally prepared paiai two years ago, he found out that pounding the taro was the easy part.

Anthony said that before the Department of Health shut down his small business, he was pounding and selling almost 10,000 pounds of taro a year, with another 15,000 a year used in his educational workshops. Now he can’t sell any of it.

“The (Department of Health) told me I couldn’t sell poi off the board,” Anthony said. “It’s not poi, though. It’s paiai.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Native American Programs cordially invites you to attend a series of Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Training Sessions.

These trainings are ideal for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, their Environmental Review Consultants, Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) sub-recipients, and others interested in participating in the NHHBG Program.
Environmental Reviews
March 1-3, 2011 – Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa • 2552 Kalakaua Avenue • Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii 96815
This training will provide a comprehensive overview of environmental review requirements and responsibilities required by the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant program.
Self-Monitoring and Monitoring of Sub-Recipients
March 8-9,2011 – Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa • 2552 Kalakaua Avenue • Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii 96815
Those who manage, monitor and report on activities funded by the NHHBG Program will learn their responsibilities for monitoring grant activities to ensure compliance with federal requirements.

Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program,  Information on Dates and Locations Coming Soon. Learn the basics of the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program and how to participate in the DHHL’s NAHASDA Community Grant Program to become a NHHBG subrecipient. Have you attended these trainings before? You can attend again.

Grantees receiving funds under the NHHBG program benefit from repeated training and develop a continued capacity to carry out eligible NHHBG activities. There is no cost to attend the trainings, however travel and per diem are at your own expense. For more information or to register visit www.thecmiteam.com/events/nhhbg or call toll free 855-939-9500 x40.

Claudine Allen
Native Hawaiian Program Specialist
HUD Honolulu Field Office

Kohala Community Organizes Family Financial Empowerment Event; Sees Positive Results

February 23, 2011

Press Release


KAPA`AU, HI – On Saturday, February 12th Ka Hana Noe`au, Partners in Development Foundation invited local nonprofit organizations and government agencies to hold its first-ever Family Financial Empowerment Event at the Kohala Intergenerational Center.  Attended by families from Kapa`au and Hawi, the event featured presentations and one-on-one counseling sessions for free tax preparation, assistance with the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), small business development, and foreclosure and fraud prevention.

According to RealtyTrac, Kohala currently has 56 family homes going through foreclosure, while Hawaii Island reports a total of 2,535.  Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service has reported that over $40 million in tax credits went unclaimed by Hawai`i families in 2008-09.  The no-cost Family Financial Empowerment Event served as a vehicle to help local families claim earned income tax, child tax, and education credits due to them and mobilize resources to address foreclosure and begin financial planning for post-secondary education and small business start-up.

“I came [to the event] because members of my family want to go to college, and college costs a lot of money,” said Jeffrey Coakley from Kapa`au.  “After sitting down with the FASFA specialist, I found out that this was possible.  It’s a financial relief to know that [my son] can go to college.”


Nonprofit organizations in attendance included statewide Ho`owaiwai Asset Building Network members Ka Hana Noe`au, Hawai`i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, and Hawaiian Community Assets, while the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Hawai`i County Department of Research and Development joined to represent both state and municipal government agencies.

“This program [was] a wonderful opportunity with all these experts in different financial fields to help us in our little town of Kohala,” continued Mr. Coakley.  “This is a tremendous blessing!  It was all free…no cost!”


Kohala families in need of assistance with free tax and FAFSA preparation and/or foreclosure and fraud prevention are encouraged to contact Erica Cedillos at the Kohala Intergenerational Center at 808-884-5838.


For families and communities outside of Kohala in need of information on the various topics covered during the event may contact the following agencies accordingly:

  • Free Tax Preparation: Hawai`i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development & Individual Self-Sufficiency Program at 808-381-0881 or visit www.hawaiitaxhelp.org;
  • Foreclosure Prevention and FAFSA Assistance: Hawaiian Community Assets, (toll-free) 1-866-400-1116 or visit www.hud.gov/hawaii;
  • Small Business Development and Fraud Prevention: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 808-587-7400.

Abercrombie will sign civil unions bill Wednesday

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 06:55 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today that he will sign the civil unions bill Wednesday at Washington Place, a day earlier than originally scheduled.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Video will be streamed live at the governor’s website at http://hawaii.gov/gov.

The state Senate on Wednesday voted 18-5 to give final legislative approval to Senate Bil 232, which would legalize civil unions in Hawaii.

Contributions made by Star Advertiser, for more information visit: http://www.staradvertiser.com/columnists/volcanicash/20110216_Good_BOE_picks_by_governor_will_get_resources_to_schools.html

  • Paradise Roller Girls Ready to Roll Against Kauai Team in Second PRG Derby Bout


    The Paradise Roller Girls, whose very first bout last November sold out the Hilo Civic to an unprecedented crowd, are ready to lace up and rumble again – against Kauai’s “Garden Island Renegade Rollerz.”

    The inter-island bout is Sat., Mar. 12 at Hilo’s 3,000-seat Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the bout starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are now available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Mountain View Village Video, Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. Pre-sale tickets – available until Mar. 5 – are $8 in advance. After Mar. 5, prices are $10 at outlets and at the door the night of the event – if any remain. Children five and under are free.

    PRG expects to sell out the Civic again and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

    Contributed By  Hawaii Reporter, For more information about this article click here http://www.hawaiireporter.com/paradise-roller-girls-ready-to-roll-against-kauai-team-in-second-prg-derby-bout/123

    Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Legislative Package 2011

    OHA-1 Topic: General Fund Biennium Budget FY 2011-12/2012-13

    Description: This bill requests general fund resources for OHA operations with matching funds provided out of OHA trust fund resources. The bill would also include a request for general funds for three budget provisos for social services, educational enrichment programs and legal services and representation. The Board of Trustees approved the Biennium Budget on September 2, 2010.

    Justification: This request for general funding provides needed resources to OHA to fund its operations. It also reaffirms the state’s commitment to address the needs of Native Hawaiians by appropriating general fund resources to fund OHA operations and programs. Request for each year of the biennium: $2.47 million in general funds to be matched with $5.81 million in trust funds.

    OHA-2 Topic: Resolution of Past Due Revenues from the Public Land Trust Owed to OHA

    Description: This bill provides a format for a possible OHA/State settlement proposal to resolve the past due revenue issue. The draft bill consists of background on the past due revenue issue, and blank sections that could contain the elements of a new OHA proposal or OHA/State settlement.

    Justification: Despite OHA’s best efforts, including a $200 million settlement agreement with the Lingle Administration and numerous proposed bills over the years, OHA has not been able to obtain legislative resolution of the past due revenue issue. Although the Hawaiÿi Supreme Court said that the Legislature has responsibility for resolving the issue, it appears that no further action will occur unless OHA brings forth a new or renewed proposal. The $200 million figure will need renewed discussion in light of the time that has passed since it was negotiated with the Lingle Administration and the election of Neil Abercrombie as Governor Elect of the State of Hawaiÿi.

    OHA-3 Topic: Amendments to Laws Relating to the Sale of State-Controlled Land

    Description: This bill amends Act 176, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009 (as amended) to require that legislative resolutions proposing the sale, gifting or exchange of state-controlled land include additional information such as whether the land was part of the public lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom or exchanged for such land, the specific location of the land, and size of the land. The draft bill also gives OHA more time to review the resolutions.

    Justification: Act 176 allows state agencies to sell or gift public land, regardless of its ceded lands status, as long as the proposed sale is approved by two-thirds of both chambers of the Legislature. Act 176 was part of the settlement agreement that ended OHA’s 15-year-old lawsuit that sought to prohibit the state from alienating ceded lands until the Native Hawaiian people’s unrelinquished claims to those lands are resolved. Reflecting OHA’s experience with the application of Act 176 during the 2010 legislative session, in which the Legislature approved numerous land sales, the proposed amendments are designed to enhance the tools available to both the Legislature and OHA for evaluating future land sale proposals. The proposed amendments would better enable OHA to assess the proposed sales and determine whether or not the lands were part of the public lands of the Kingdom of Hawaiÿi or not.

    Topic: Cultural Impact Assessment Requirement

    Description: This bill would amend Chapter 343, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to require that environmental assessments (EA) and environmental impact statements (EIS) include cultural impact assessments (CIA) that assess impacts on the Native Hawaiian culture. The bill also conditions the acceptance of an EIS or an EA by the appropriate agency on OHA’s approval of a CIA.

    Justification: While Chapter 343 requires that an EA and an EIS assess a project’s cultural impacts, the statute does not provide specific requirements for such an assessment. As a result, CIAs often provide decision makers and the public with inadequate information on the impacts a project could have on cultural practices. The bill also provides OHA with approval authority over CIAs.

    OHA-5 Topic: Disparate Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

    Description: This bill would establish a task force that would specifically address the findings and recommendations of OHA’s recent justice system study, entitled “The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System.” The proposed task force, called the Task Force to Reduce Contact with the Criminal Justice System, would be composed of the CEO of OHA, the state Attorney General, the Administrator of the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Adult Client Services Branch, the Director of the Department of Public Safety and a Circuit Court Judge appointed by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. The inclusion of additional members to the task force is still under discussion. The bill requests a state general fund appropriation and attaches the task force administratively to OHA.

    Justification: By including officials who can effect change, the task force proposed by this bill would be better positioned to implement the findings of OHA’s justice system study and push for systemic changes that include fair treatment by the justice system.

    OHA-6 Topic: Tuition Waivers for Native Hawaiian Students

    Description: This bill provides for a full tuition waiver for Native Hawaiian students attending any of the campuses within the University of Hawaii system.

    Justification: The intent of the bill is to remove an economic barrier faced by many Native Hawaiian students. By eliminating the cost of tuition, the hope is that more Native Hawaiian students will be encouraged to enter post-secondary educational institutions and complete the requirements for higher education degrees.

    Topic: Training for Officials with Public Trust Responsibilities to Native Hawaiians

    Description: This bill would require all council, board, and commission members that have authority over trust assets for which Native Hawaiians are a beneficiary (public land trust, water) and/or an obligation to protect traditional and customary rights and related resources, to attend a training course on their obligations and responsibilities. OHA would facilitate developing the curriculum and conducting the training.

    Justification: Council, board, and commission members are often responsible for making decisions that directly impact OHA’s beneficiaries. Sometimes these decisions are not made with sufficient analysis on impacts to Native Hawaiian rights, particularly related to Native Hawaiian claims to the Public Land Trust, their priority rights to water, or their right to exercise their traditional and customary rights. The proposed training course will help to inform and educate these members on relevant Native Hawaiian rights.

    Topic: Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act Implementation

    Description: This resolution requests the state Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study to identify state laws that may need to be amended after the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (NHGRA) is enacted into law and upon federal recognition of the Native Hawaiian governing entity. It would request that the study be completed by 2012.

    Justification: This resolution represents a proactive attempt to better inform the state and the Native Hawaiian community of the state laws that will be impacted by the enactment into law of NHGRA and upon federal recognition of the Native Hawaiian governing entity. A later study can be undertaken during the negotiation stage between the state and the Native Hawaiian governing entity.

    Topic: State Historic Preservation Division’s Review and Comment Authority Over State and County Permits

    Description: This proposal ensures that all project permits go to the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and would provide SHPD with the authority to determine which projects pose a high risk of historic site disturbance.

    Justification: This proposal addresses a loophole in Chapter 6E, HRS, which allows state and county agencies other than SHPD to determine whether projects will impact historic properties and burial sites. If the agencies determine that no historic properties will be impacted by a project, SHPD, the state entity with historic preservation expertise, does not review the project. This loophole in the law was highlighted by the controversial Keÿeaumoku Wal-Mart development. The City and County of Honolulu, on the erroneous belief that no historic sites were present on the Keÿeaumoku Superblock, did not submit the permits to SHPD for review. More than 60 burial sites were discovered including a large unmarked smallpox cemetery. This amendment seeks to prevent another Keÿeamoku Wal-Mart situation by clarifying that all projects permits must be reviewed by SHPD before project commencement.

    Na Oiwi Olino – People Seeking Wisdom

    About The Show
    Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino – People Seeking Wisdom is a weekday morning radio program presented by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and hosted by Randy Hudnall. This one-hour program airs Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. and is rebroadcasted at 5:00 p.m. You can listen live by clicking on the link to the right and also statewide via Oceanic Cable Digital Channel 856. If you’ve missed a show, you can listen on demand by going to the archive section of this website.

    Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino – People Seeking Wisdom seeks to further OHA’s mission of bettering the conditions of Native Hawaiians through outreach and communication with the Native Hawaiian community and the public at-large. Programing will include interviews with key state leaders in the Native Hawaiian community and the State of Hawai‘i; provide information on current events and hot issues such as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act as it nears passage; and feature interesting and informative topics that align with OHA’s six strategic priorities: economic self-sufficiency, land and water, education, governance, culture and health as well as programs that fulfill the critical needs of our Native Hawaiian community.

    Mahalo for remaining a loyal and dedicated listener as we work to innovate and provide an improved source of information of Hawaiian issues and interest as people seeking wisdom.

    Ka Wai Ola, January 2011 – A New Era
    Click for the latest in Hawaiian-focused news, features and events found only in OHA’s monthly newspaper, Ka Wai Ola – The Living Water of OHA.

    2010 State of OHA Address
    Aloha pumehana käkou e nä lei ho‘i o nä kai ‘ewalu, nä ‘öiwi ‘ölino, nä pulapula a Häloa, mai Hawai‘i o Keaweikekahialiiokamoku a Ni‘ihau o Kahelelani, a puni ke ao mälamalama.

    Office of Hawaiian Affairs Meets with Key White House Officials
    Washington, DC–Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Chairperson Haunani Apoliona and CEO Clyde Namu’o met today with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who serves as Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and Kiran Ahuja, WHIAAPI Executive Director, to discuss partnership opportunities to develop solid strategies that will provide Native Hawaiians with increased access to education and other federal programs.

    Ka Wai Ola, December 2010
    Click for the latest in Hawaiian-focused news, features and events found only in OHA’s monthly newspaper, Ka Wai Ola – The Living Water of OHA.

    Board of Trustees approve $1.5 million for charter schools
    The Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), for the second consecutive year, approved $1.5 million in supplemental funding to 17 Hawaiian-focused public charter schools for the 2010-2011 school year to address budgetary shortfalls the schools will be facing.

    Ka Wai Ola, November 2010
    Click for the latest in Hawaiian-focused news, features and events found only in OHA’s monthly newspaper, Ka Wai Ola – The Living Water of OHA.

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    For Immediate Release:  February 18, 2011 (11-04)

    HONOLULU-The Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, unveiled the first-ever Hawaiian language greeting to be played throughout the Honolulu International Airport today.  The message greets visitors and kama’āina in Hawai’i’s native language, showcasing our island hospitality and host culture.

    “Through our Hawaiian Culture Initiative, the HTA is honored to be able to support the perpetuation of the Hawaiian language and its integration into the visitor experience,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “Hawai’i’s host culture is what makes our islands unique and sets us apart from any other destination in the world. For visitors and residents, hearing the Hawaiian language at the airport is a special way to celebrate our host culture.”

    Today’s ceremony was scheduled in honor of Princess Ruth Ke’elikōlani’s birthday month.  Princess Ruth, born Feb. 9, 1826, is recognized as one of the royal family’s strongest perpetuators of the Hawaiian language.  In attendance for the unveiling at the Honolulu International Airport was Governor Neil Abercrombie and representatives from the Hawaiian community and visitor industry.

    The 40-second welcome message, recorded in Hawaiian and English, will be broadcast throughout the Honolulu International Airport every 30 minutes beginning today.  The message is as follows:

    Aloha e nā makamaka kipa mai i ke Kahua Mokulele Kau’āina O Honolulu!  E nā ‘ōhua e ha’alele ana, no ‘oukou ka maluhia o ka holo ‘ana a ho’i hou mai.  E nā malihini i hō’ea mai me nā kama’āina pu kekahi, ke aloha o ka ‘āina iā ‘oukou a pau!

    English Translation:

    Welcome to the Honolulu International Airport. If you’re headed out, travel safely and come back soon. Kama’āina, welcome home. And if you’ve just arrived, we hope that you enjoy your stay in our islands!

    Also unveiled today, a Hawaiian language video message created for in-flight programming use to welcome visitors to our islands.  Copies of the video will be made available to all airlines with service to Hawai’i.  The HTA will also coordinate the production of subtitle translations for flights arriving in Hawai’i from international destinations.

    The welcome message and video was produced by Paliku Documentary Films and features Amy Kalili from Aha Punana Leo.  The HTA worked in collaboration with both organizations to produce the messages.

    “We want to say mahalo to Governor Abercrombie and the State Department of Transportation, Airports Division, for embracing this project and helping us to implement it at the Honolulu International Airport. We look forward to unveiling Hawaiian language welcome messages at all airports statewide by the end of 2011,” added McCartney.

    The Hawai’i Tourism Authority was created in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawai’i tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with our economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs. For more information on the HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org.

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    Media Contacts:

    Keli’ihoalani Wilson

    Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs

    Hawai’i Tourism Authority

    Ph: (808) 973-2281

    Dawn Hirai,  Vice President
    Stryker Weiner & Yokota
    Ph: (808) 523-8802/722-9445 (cell)

    Credit Unions, Financial Education Nonprofits Team Up on Homeownership Initiative


    February 18, 2011

    Honolulu, Hawaii — The Hawaii Family Finance Project, created by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) to serve native and non-native families statewide, is set to launch statewide services.  The HFFP has selected six credit unions and two financial education nonprofits as Project Partners to deliver assistance to low and moderate income families in every county.

    “This is a remarkable partnership with community-based credit unions and nonprofits to join forces to concentrate services for families statewide,” said Lilia Kapuniai, CNHA Vice President and HFFP Lead Manager.  “The project brings our individual talents together to impact family financial standing to get positioned to purchase homes anywhere in the State.”

    Overall, HFFP is dedicating $600,000 in matching funds to eligible families that save toward a down payment on a home and/or reduce consumer debt and improve credit scores.  The project also dedicates $150,000 in direct assistance to offset closing costs and $150,000 to work on family credit report scores.

    Project Partners will deliver free services to participating families that includes financial education training, one-on-one counseling on household budgeting strategies, filing for eligible tax credits, and in-depth assistance on home loan qualifications.  Opening and utilizing bank accounts properly to save and manage household income is also provided, as well as training to reconcile monthly account statements.

    “The Hawaii Family Finance Project is the first time that a coalition of community-based organizations located all around the State, have partnered at this scale to deliver family finance and homeownership services,” Kapuniai remarked.  “We appreciate the partnership of the Hawaii Credit Union League, the six credit unions selected, as well as the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center and Hawaiian Community Assets for joining the project.”

    The HFFP is funded in part over three years through a pilot program at the U.S. Treasury Department.  Additional funding partners, including Hawaii banks and financial institutions have been asked to join the project to increase the reach to families in communities they do business in.

    “It’s a win-win and it’s the right time to launch a concentrated effort that bridges working families to healthy household financial tools that build wealth through homeownership,” Kapuniai said.

    The HFFP is a nonprofit initiative created by CNHA to prepare Hawaii’s families for homeownership and long term financial success.  HFFP is funded in part by an award from the CDFI Fund.

    For More Information, contact Mr. Kapu Gaison, CNHA Community Development Specialist, at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, via telephone at 808.596.8155 (from Oahu) or Toll-Free at 800.709.2642 (from neighbor islands).

    CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.


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    TiLeaf Group

    A Native Advocacy Firm

    P: 808.529.4610

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    Congresswoman Hirono Successfully Defends Native Hawaiian Education Programs from being Cut

    Congress of the United States

    House of Representatives

    Washington, DC 20515



    February 17, 2011

    Contact:  Marvin Buenconsejo

    (808) 541-1986

    U.S. House Overwhelmingly Passes Young-Hirono Amendment, 313-117

    Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono’s (D-Hawaii) amendment (#532) saving the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Education Equity Act that faced funding elimination passed the U.S. House this morning by a vote of 313 yeas to 117 nays.  Congresswoman Hirono offered the amendment with her colleague Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska). The Young-Hirono Amendment was one of a few bipartisan amendments passed by the House.  In all, more than 500 total amendments have been offered to the bill.

    “Working across the aisle, Representative Young and I were able to join forces to counteract those who strongly oppose any programs benefiting Native Hawaiians or Alaska Natives. We lobbied our members hard, and I was thrilled with the decisive vote.  Although we differ in many of our political views, we share a commitment to fairness for the indigenous, aboriginal people of what is now the United States,” said Congresswoman Hirono.

    The Young-Hirono Amendment restores the eligibility of Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native education programs for federal funding. Congresswoman Hirono spoke on the House floor late Wednesday night urging her colleagues to support the bipartisan Young-Hirono Amendment that promotes innovative projects that enhance educational services available to Native Hawaiian children, young adults, and educators.

    “Vital programs that serve our communities have been cut by the Republican Majority.  Democrat after Democrat has spoken for more than thirty-four hours over the past three days on how these cuts impact our districts.  To be able to work collaboratively, even in the toxic Washington environment, speaks to the importance of Native Hawaiian education programs,” said Congresswoman Hirono.

    The House is currently debating a Republican spending bill that would fund the government from March through September 2011. The bill cuts more than $60 billion dollars from current levels of funding, including $34 million for Native Hawaiian education. Authorized programs for Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians have been specifically targeted.  Funding for Native Hawaiian housing and health care programs have also been eliminated in this bill.

    The final vote on H.R. 1 is expected this week.  If approved, the legislation would then go to the U.S. Senate for consideration.