Tom Yamachika: Three years to spend $600 million

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is charged with administering about 200,000 acres of public lands that are to be leased to Native Hawaiians. Those lands were set aside due to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, a federal law passed largely due to the efforts of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, who after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and annexation by the United States became, and was for two decades, a delegate representing Hawaii in the U.S. Congress. At the time, he wrote to U.S. Senators: “After extensive investigation and survey on the part of various organizations organized to rehabilitate the Hawaiian race, it was found that the only method in which to rehabilitate the race was to place them back upon the soil.”