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27 thousand people on the waitlist for Hawaiian Homelands, according to new study

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The waitlist for Hawaiian Homes remains at 27,000 people, according to a new study commissioned by State Representative Gene Ward.

In 1921, Congress promised 203,000 acres of Hawaiian land to go back to Native Hawaiians.

Since then, The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has opened 97,000 homesteads, but some question why more hasn't been done over the past century to get tens of thousands of applicants still on the waitlist off of it.

"If we don't do anything now there's not going to be any Hawaiians left with 50 percent blood quantum," said Represtative Ward of Hawaii Kai and Kalama Valley. "And if there's no Hawaiians left, what have we done for the last 100 years other than mislead the Hawaiians to the fact that, we promised you land, if you qualify we'll give you a house and you'll pay 1 dollar a year for 99 years."

Rep. Ward's office issued a new report pointing out a lack of funding and political support, as well as the struggle of leveraging lands.

"You have 203,000 acres, 203,000 acres you're not leveraging that to the way that Kamehameha schools has only 365,000 acres," said ward.

"The department is doing everything it can in order to build as many lots for homes as possible," said William Aila, Deputy Chair of the DHHL.

The DHHL says money continues to be the biggest roadblock when it comes to creating more homes. It says it currently generates about 12 to 14 million dollars per year from its lands.

In Kapolei specifically, it can take up to $100,000 to open a single property, that's $10 million per 100 lots.

The DHHL says with current state funding, it's able to open between 200 to 400 lots per year.

"If you bump up the current allocations, we could double that or triple that based on depending on how much the legislature appropriates," said Aila.

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