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Top Story: A lawsuit filed on behalf of three Native Hawaiians claims that several state agencies “have violated their duties by using Maunakea Access Road without consent of Native Hawaiians.
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Content supplied by reporter Michael Brestovansky of the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald.”
Accessed on 13 February 2020, 2240 UTC, Post 20271.
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According to reporter Michael Brestovansky, the lawsuit claims severa state agencies over extended their authority by allowing the Maunakea Access Road to be used without getting the permission of Native Hawaiians.
“The lawsuit, filed by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, argues that the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands did nothing to prevent the unpermitted use of lands at the Maunakea Access Road, which were specifically set aside to benefit native Hawaiians. It also argues that the state departments of Transporation and Land and Natural Resources do not have proper authority to use Hawaiian home lands.”
“The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three Hawaiian community leaders on the Big Island: Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, Halealoha Ayau and Keli‘i “Skippy” Ioane.
“The State’s use of and failure to pay for this valuable stretch of land deprives our home lands trust of needed land and revenues to help put the 28,000 native Hawaiians currently on waiting lists on homesteads,” read a joint statement from the three plaintiffs. “They simply took the land in the 1960s without proper permission from the Hawaiian Homes Commission and without consulting with beneficiaries.”
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