Today lawmakers joined Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Daniel Akaka, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) trustees, and other state leaders for a bill signing ceremony enacting into law SB 2783, Relating to the Public Trust Lands, which resolves a long-standing dispute between the state and OHA over ceded-lands.
"Settling this longstanding issue was a top priority for me and for my Administration. This agreement that is now law, took a lot of hard work and collaboration. I appreciate all those who took the time to make this right, including the Legislature for making sure that all sides were heard." -- Gov. Neil Abercrombie (KITV)
|Chairwoman Machado, Speaker Say, Rep. Carroll|
"The Kakaako community also deserves a lot of credit for its stewardship over this area. We are committed to making sure the land is used in a responsible way that will benefit the entire community. We will balance cultural and environmental considerations with the need to support programs that benefit the Native Hawaiian community." -- OHA Board of Trustees Chairwoman Colette Machado(KITV)
“A debt paid." -- OHA Board of Trustees Chairwoman Colette Machado (Civil Beat)