Hawaiian assets, particularly its land base, is scattered throughout the State.
How best to administrate these land and other assets for the benefit of the Hawaiian people and their descendants has been an ongoing debate.
Considering how scattered and diverse the resource base which OHA and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands has to deal with, the question arises of what is the measure of success, and does this match the original mission?
Hawaiian’s would be wise to consider all methods, obtainable, to secure these assets for this and future generations.
The question of structure for administrating these assets needs to be honestly examined.
In Hawaii there are in existence, both private corporation and governmental agencies tasked with administrating assets reserved for those of Hawaiian ancestry.
One is the governmental structure of OHA and Hawaiian Homelands and the other is the private structure of Bishop Estates.
As we have seen with Rice vs Cayetano there is a natural conflict of interest of state agencies being tasked with administrating assets reserved for a select “racial” group.
At the same time those of Hawaiian ancestry should, as beneficiaries of their predecessors’ largesse, expect to have a singular voice in determining how those assets are utilized.