DHHL beneficiaries urge restructuring of department

Pat Kahawaiola'a taking a selfie at Keaukaha Beach Park in Hilo. He is among those with at least 50 percent Native Hawaiian blood who are eligible for low-cost land leases from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. (Pat Kahawaiola'a via AP)

HILO — Major changes need to be made to the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands before Native Hawaiians can be reconnected to their homelands, a series of speakers told a state Senate panel Monday in Honolulu.