Should OHA Get A Bigger Share Of Hawaii’s Public Land Revenues? …The ceded land revenues, which make up a significant chunk of OHA’s annual budget, go to fund programs for Hawaiian beneficiaries.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is again asking the Legislature for a greater share of revenue generated by lands formerly held by the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Not only that, OHA also wants the state to pay out $638 million the office said it’s owed after being shortchanged on land revenue payments over the last decade.

OHA uses the public land revenues, which the Legislature capped at $15.1 million since 2006, to fund grants and programs that serve Hawaiian beneficiaries like charter schools or home ownership education programs. The House and Senate failed to agree on a measure in 2019 that sought to raise the annual disbursement to $35 million.

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