DHHL Media Release: Commission Accepts DHHL Master Plan Update 2022
Posted on December 2, 2022 in Current Department News, Newsroom
(Kapolei, O’ahu) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) General Plan update has been approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC). DHHL’s Master Plan, updated every 20 years, establishes statewide policies that will guide land management and programs over the next two decades. The ministry last updated its general plan in 2002.
DHHL’s general plan provides a comprehensive policy that ensures coordinated and integrated orderly social, physical, and economic development of the Hawaiian homelands. It sets goals that guide the implementation of the program. The plan is followed by detailed island and regional plans which are updated on a regular basis and according to their respective schedules.
“This document is the result of months of consultation with residents and applicants on the waiting list,” said Vice Chair Tyler Iokepa Gomes. “As we move into the next 100 years of this program, it is critical that we have this foundation to chart the direction and use of Trust Lands to continue the work towards fulfilling Kūhiō’s vision.”
An HHC Inquiry Committee was appointed at the August 2020 Commission meeting to oversee the process and met frequently throughout the 20-month planning period. Pursuant to HRS § 92-2.5(b), the members of the investigative committee included Randy K. Awo, Russell K. Kaʻupu, Zachary Z. Helm and Chairman William J. Aila, Jr.
Between 2021 and 2022, three rounds of multi-faceted beneficiary consultation meetings were held virtually to provide background on the overall plan process and examine existing conditions and future policies on a variety of issues including land use, water resources and infrastructure; housing and food production; and healthy communities and natural/cultural resource management; and economic development and revenue generation.
As part of the beneficiary consultation process, DHHL also hosted eight nationwide open house events in August 2022 that offered 223 beneficiaries the opportunity to review the building blocks developed from the beneficiary consultation meetings that became the draft general plan and to make contributions. All DHHL beneficiaries with a valid mailing address received an invitation to participate in curating the plan.
The draft general plan was officially opened for comment from the beneficiary in August 2022. In October 2022, the final draft of the plan was submitted to the HHC along with the report of the Commission’s Committee of Inquiry. The final general plan document was approved by HHC at its November 2022 meeting.
To view the general plan or to learn more about DHHL’s planning system, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/general-plan-2022.
About the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands:
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is realizing Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by bringing them back to the land. Established by U.S. Congress in 1921 with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program operated by DHHL involves the management of over 200,000 acres of land statewide with the specific purpose of developing and providing homesteading.
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