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The Conversation: The Past, Present and Future of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act

1921 - Hawaiian Homes Commission  Rudolf M. Duncan, Rev. Akaiko Akana, Prince Kūhiō, George P. Cooke, and Gov. W.R. Farrington.png
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Hawaiian Homes Commission (1921) - Rudolf M. Duncan, Rev. Akaiko Akana, Prince Kūhiō, George P. Cooke, and Gov. W.R. Farrington

Friday marked the centennial of the passing of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

The Conversation was joined by the director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands William Aila, chairwoman of the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations Robin Danner, and Honolulu attorney Tom Grande, who successfully sued the state over the mismanagement of home lands, to examine what it's going to take to get more Native Hawaiian onto homestead lands.

They discussed the exacerbation of the state's housing crisis and how we honor the legacy of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole and his wish to help Native Hawaiians.

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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