In News Release on April 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm
HONOLULU—On Friday, April 1, 2011, the members of the Joint House Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture voted to pass House Concurrent Resolution 224. Introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, House Concurrent Resolution 224 calls for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other entities to provide support services to encourage successful farming on agricultural and pastoral lands.
A 2010 study by the Center for Native Hawaiian Advancement revealed that although there are nearly twenty thousand applicants for agricultural and pastoral leases on homestead land, fewer than sixteen hundred have actually been awarded leases. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has proven that partnerships with other entities, such as the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, can be beneficial in expanding its educational and technical assistance programs.
With the augmentation of support services by partnering with other entities, such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the increase in the number of successful homesteaders in agricultural enterprises can be accelerated. With the gainful knowledge and training in commercial and subsistence agricultural production, best management practices, marketing, financial, and business skills, more homesteaders can put be in the best possible position to succeed.
Amendments made were to include the Department of Agriculture as one of the partnership entities.
Rep. Mele Carroll said, “The passing of House Concurrent Resolution 224 by the House committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Agriculture underlies the importance of, and need for, the establishment of partnerships for the escalation of successful homesteaders. These partnerships can provide a solid foundation and fortify efforts that will nobly benefit current lessees of Hawaiian Home Lands and those who are so humbly waiting for the awarding of future leases.”
Contributed by Representative Mele Carrol