DHHL: Public Notice to Successors (Applications) Extended

The previous deadline of “within one-hundred-eighty (180) days from the last day of publication of this notice” (May 23, 2020) has been EXTENDED.

The new deadline will run through June 30, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Relatives of the below-named decedents including spouse, children, and grandchildren; parents; widows or widowers of the children; brothers and sisters; widows and widowers of the brothers and sisters; or nieces and nephews, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and are descendants of not less than one-half (50%) part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778, are hereby notified to present their claims for the Hawaiian Home Lands Application Rights of the below-named decedents. 

Written claims, with duly authenticated and certified copies of Hawaiian blood quantum verifications must be presented to the Application Branch of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707, or at any of the District Offices of the Department (upon reopening), through June 30, 2020, or such relatives may be forever barred from succeeding to the Application Rights in question.

Please note that all DHHL offices (including the Department’s main Kapolei, O`ahu office) are currently closed to the public.

ORIGINAL NOV. 2020 PUBLIC NOTICE:

PUBLIC NOTICE TO SUCCESSORS

DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS

HOMESTEAD SERVICES DIVISION 

APPLICATIONS BRANCH

NOTICE TO POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS OF THE FOLLOWING DECEASED APPLICANTS, WHO DIED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 26, 1998, AND FAILED TO DESIGNATE A SUCCESSOR TO THEIR HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS APPLICATION RIGHTS UNDER HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT, 1920, AS AMENDED.

AEA, Darlene Lahela

AKIONA, Jay-Jay Edward Ahulau

ALEKA, Grant Kumauna

ALULI, Noa Kekahu

AMARAL, Curtis Kauahi

AUGUSTIN, Jose Manulani

BELL, Glenn Owen

BRASH, Adeline Theresa TEIXEIRA

CARVALHO, Roseline Lokelani KANEKOA

CASTILLO, Clarence Kolomona

CHARBONNET, Jean Jolenta Uilani SANTIAGO

CHUN, Francis

CHUNG, William Lai, Jr.

CONLEE, Gertrude Leimomi WONG

CONN, Leodora Gladys SWOPE

CORREA, Johanna Elikolani LENCHANKO

CUBAN, Lorraine ABORDO

CUMMINGS, Eliza Kuulei Mamo KASSEBEER, aka Eliza Kuulei Mamo Ekekela Kealohanui Moekauhane

DECANTO,  Myrtle Valerie Pualani

DEMELLO, Bessie Kalua PAUOLE

DUDOIT, Theodore, Sr.

FELLHAUER, Genevieve Kealahikikuokalani BRIGHTER

FISHER, Gertrude Keliikauwekaa MEYERS

FOSTER, Velma Uilani KIPAPA

GLOOR, Isaac Kaapuni

GREEN, Ellen LALAKEA

GUERRERO, Earl Kuualoha, Jr.

HAN, Harold Kahuakai, Sr., aka Harold Kahuakai, aka Harold Pok Tige

HANOHANO, Roy Wayne

HAUPU, William Kuualoha, III

HO, George Kahailani Lim

HOLBRON, Olando Gonsalves, Sr.

HUSSEY, Mercedes Lauae KEKUEWA

IOANE, Joanne Uilani

ISHIBASHI, Wade Aukai, Sr.

KAHUNANUI, Clayton Keoki

KAIMINAAUAO, Lambert Keolalani

KAIUI, Ivanhoe Hanalei

KAIWI, Michael Kaiulani

KAIWI, Robert Keola, Jr.

KALAMAU, Eddie Mahiai, Sr.

KALAMAU, Sharon Leinaala RODRIGUES

KALEHUAWEHE, Alvin Mitchell, Sr.

KALEIWAHEA, Carol Paddy KAMALI

KALEO, James Herbert, Jr.

KALUA, Jonathan Aliiloa

KAMAE, Kane Kawawahilani

KAMAI, Sean-Alan Kahealani Kale Liwai

KAMAKEEAINA, John Pahumoa, III

KAMEHAIKU, Dave Kaiulani

KAMOKU, Solomon Kahelemauna, III

KANIHO, Gladys Nalani KEAHI

KANIHO, Norma Joan Kuulei KEOMALU

KAPUAALA, Ernest Samuel, Jr.

KAUI, Richard Cummings, Sr.

KAULIA, Albert Elliss

KEALOHA, Donald Lancaster

KEALOHA, Enoch Keala

KEAULANA, Arlene Opuulani

KEAULANA, Moses Keaopolohiwa

KEKIWI, Lillie DUENAS aka Olivia Duenas

KEKONA, Anthony Kalaimaka, Jr.

KEPA, Geraldine Kalae

KO, Violet Bernadette KAAIKAMANU

KOA, Henry Nahale Kepano, Jr.

KUAMOO, Russell David Kalani

KUHAULUA, Chai Hoku

KUNI, David Kaleiokapono, Jr.

LAA, Rodney Kuuleialohapumehano, Sr.

LEAR, Annette Leimomi VILLAREN

LUULOA, William Paul

MAHUKA, Gavalynn Kim

MALANI, Clyde Kaleleonalani

MANUEL, Darnett Kawahinepoaimoku BROWN

MARKHAM, Fred Lawrence Kaleikini

MATAPUA, Charlotte Kapeka Mahoe KIAHA 

MATTSON, Pinky Keao HUFFMAN UYEMURA

MERSBERG Richard Poalii, Jr.

NAM, Perlita Mikahala

NAPOLEON, Annarene Rose HATCHIE

NAWELI, Blossom Elizabeth Kaimanahila MATTHEWS

OMEROD, Clara Beatrice APIKI, aka Clara Leialoha

PAHINUI, Cyril Lani

PAHULEHUA, Rhoda Susana KAHALE

PALING, Clyde Kuuipolani

PELEKAI, Henry Waioni, Jr.

PONCE, Caroline Kaleionalani KAUAHIKAUA

PUA, Jeanne Kahakukaalani AWANA

PUNAHELE, Elizabeth Namokueono KAMAI, aka Elizabeth Namukeono

PURDY, Annie Ana YOUNG

REEVES, Rhona Elizabeth Leinaala WHITE

RIVERA, Adeline Waialoe KEALE

ROBERTS, Annie Hila KAPUKUI

ROSARIO, Jo Ann Nohealani KAMAKELE

SABERON, La-Venda Josephine PULAWA

SENKUS, Ellen Keala Marie KINIMAKA

SIMAO, Joyce Kuuleinani KAHALE

SOTO, Josephine KELEKOLIO

STONE-ARNOLD, Joyal Helen

THOMAS, Verna Patricia

TOLER, Leona Ann KAUKA

TROCHE, Charlotte Aileen KAKINA

TSEU, Rosita Theresa TAGUPA

URBSHOT, Gerald Kanekawaiola, aka Gerald Junior Kanekawaiola

WELCH, Frederick, Jr.

YOUNG, Dannette Anakekaulawahine MOKUIKI

YOUNG, Leonette Diedre Keakealani ADAMS, aka Leonette Diedrie Kekealani

Relatives of the above-named decedents including spouse, children, and grandchildren; parents; widows or widowers of the children; brothers and sisters; widows and widowers of the brothers and sisters; or nieces and nephews, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and are descendants of not less than one-half (50%) part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778, are hereby notified to present their claims for the Hawaiian Home Lands Application Rights of the above-named decedents. 

Written claims, with duly authenticated and certified copies of Hawaiian blood quantum verifications must be presented to the Application Branch of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707, or at any of the District Offices of the Department, within one-hundred-eighty (180) days from the last day of publication of this notice, or such relatives may be forever barred from succeeding to the Application Rights in question.

Blue Jay Wireless to Pay $2Million, Ending Investigation Into Its Tribal Lifeline Reimbursements in Hawaii

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it has reached a settlement with Blue Jay Wireless to resolve an investigation into whether the company improperly enrolled several thousand Hawaiian customers as eligible for enhanced Tribal support reimbursements from the FCC’s Lifeline program.

blue jay

The Lifeline program provides a discount on phone service so that low-income consumers have access to the communications tools necessary to connect with jobs, family, and emergency services.

Qualifying low-income consumers who reside on Tribal lands, which include Hawaiian Home Lands in the State of Hawaii, are eligible for higher support from the Lifeline program (up to an additional $25 per month).

Under the settlement, Blue Jay will reimburse the Universal Service Fund approximately $2 million and adopt substantial compliance procedures. “The Lifeline program is vital to millions of consumers in cities, rural areas, and tribal lands who rely upon it every day to connect with loved ones, interview for jobs, and contact emergency services,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “This settlement makes clear that no Lifeline provider should turn a blind eye to potential fraud on the program.”

The Enforcement Bureau’s Universal Service Fund Strike Force conducted the investigation of  Blue Jay, which is headquartered in Texas and is eligible to participate in Lifeline in 17 states and Puerto Rico. The investigation found that Blue Jay had incorrectly requested and received Lifeline Tribal reimbursements for enrolled consumers who did not reside on Hawaiian Home Lands.

In 2014, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission staff informed Blue Jay that the number of Tribal consumers it was claiming appeared to exceed the number of households on Hawaiian Home Lands. Despite knowing that Blue Jay could be improperly claiming enhanced Tribal support reimbursements, Blue Jay continued to seek reimbursement for those improper consumers while it sought to gather more accurate information about its Hawaiian Home Lands Tribal consumers.

This settlement ensures a total of $2,002,000 in reimbursements by Blue Jay to the Universal Service Fund, including the company’s forfeiture of $918,010 in Lifeline disbursements that the Commission has already frozen. Blue Jay also will develop and implement a compliance plan to ensure appropriate procedures are incorporated into its business practices to prevent the enrollment of ineligible Tribal consumers, including the use of an approved software tool to identify and verify the accuracy of consumers’ self-certification of their residency on Tribal Lands.

Last year, the Commission sought public comment on whether to require additional evidence of \residency on Tribal lands beyond self-certification and how carriers should provide proof of eligibility to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of enhanced support. More information can be found here: http://go.usa.gov/xcHNT.

This is the second Lifeline enforcement action this year. In April, the Commission announced that it planned to fine Total Call Mobile $51 million for apparently enrolling tens of thousands of ineligible and duplicate consumers in the Lifeline program. A copy of the Total Call Mobile Notice of Apparent Liability can be found here: http://go.usa.gov/xcH5R.

 

Governor Proposes Highest Level of Funding Ever for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Gov. David Ige is proposing a funding plan that is consistent with the State Constitution requirement to provide sufficient funding for administrative and operating expenses for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (article XII, section 1).

hawaiian home lands logoFor FY16, the state proposes replacing DHHL’s $9.63 million general fund appropriation for administration and operating expenses with $17.14 million in general funds. For FY17, the state proposes $17.8 million in general funds with fringe benefits of $5.7 million, for a total of $23.5 million for the department.

If approved, the funding would be the highest level of funding ever for DHHL.

“We want to give DHHL the tools and flexibility to reform and restructure the department. I will hold DHHL accountable, with the ultimate goal of giving beneficiaries greater access to DHHL programs and services,” said Gov. Ige.

DHHL’s funding has been varied over the years. From 2010-2013, the department received no general funds and used trust and special funds to operate.

The proposal must be approved by the state Legislature.