House Concurrent Resolution 225 passed by House Joint Committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs. Requests Office of Hawaiian Affairs to study feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for homeless native Hawaiians.

In News Release on March 29, 2011 at 1:51 amHONOLULU—On Monday, March 28, 2011, the members of the House Joint Committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs recommended that House Concurrent Resolution 225 be passed, with amendments. House Concurrent Resolution 225 was introduced by Representatives Mele Carroll, Faye Hanohano, Jo Jordan, and Angus McKelvey, House Concurrent Resolution 225 requests that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) study the feasibility of establishing Kanaka villages for the homeless population whom are, or could possibly be, beneficiaries of DHHL.

House Concurrent Resolution 225 will go to the House committee on Finance for further consideration.

The purpose of this resolution is to address the disproportionate representation of native Hawaiians among the State’s homeless (nearly 40%) by requesting that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to conduct a feasibility study of establishing a kanaka village for those native Hawaiians that are homeless in Hawai’i. For the purposes of this Resolution, “kanaka village” means a community where native Hawaiians who are homeless, may live in tents or other approved types of shelter and subsist off the land utilizing traditional Hawaiian methods of sustainability as they progress towards home ownership.

Rep. Mele Carroll stated, “The passing of House Concurrent Resolution 225 by the House Joint committees on Housing and Hawaiian Affairs is a welcomed sign that the legislature is taking measures to improve the plight of the homeless. We must address this critical issue and not turn our backs on our people. House Concurrent Resolution 225 calls for a feasibility study of a program to provide for a native Hawaiian village area on Hawaiian Homelands where our native Hawaiians whom are homeless can reside without fear of harassment and eviction that is so prevalent in dealing with the homeless in Hawai’i. This is also an attempt to fulfill the Hawaiian Home Lands Act where the rehabilitation of our people can take place.”

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Contributed by Representative Mele Carrol