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Paltin talk on housing, homelands on Sept. 12

Council Member Tamara Paltin (above) and her staff aide Christie Keli`ikoa are keynote speakers at the Sept. 12 Maui Centennial Puwalu or conference via Zoom. Photos courtesy of Council Member Tamara Paltin’s office

Maui County Council Member Tamara Paltin, who holds the West Maui residency seat, will be discussing the potential of Hawaiian homelands to meet Maui’s critical housing needs at the Maui Centennial Puwalu from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 12 via Zoom.

She will speak about Honokowai homestead lands in the context of West Maui housing needs. She will be joined by her aide Christie Keli`ikoa, who is on the homelands waitlist.

The puwalu, which is free and open to the public, also will feature Julie-Ann Moanike`ala Cachola, state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands planner. She will be presenting maps of the 31,000 Maui homelands acres.

Jeison Lokela Manaois will lead a presentation on the congressional hearings that advanced 1921 passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. The federal law provides 203,500 homeland acres statewide to those with 50 percent or more Native Hawaiian blood.

Kahikinui homesteader and contractor Warren Aganos will speak on procurement opportunities associated with Hawaiian homelands.

Council Member Tamara Paltin and her staff aide Christie Keli`ikoa (above) are keynote speakers at the Sept. 12 Maui Centennial Puwalu or conference via Zoom. Photos courtesy of Council Member Tamara Paltin’s office

The puwalu is the third in a four-part Maui Centennial Puwalu series that will wind up Dec. 12. The series marks 100 years since the 1920 introduction in Congress of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act that provides the Native Hawaiian homestead program.

To receive a puwalu Zoom invitation, contact Credit Edge co-owner Kainoa Lei MacDonald at cell/text (808) 419-8646 or email kai@creditedgesolutions.com.

Pa`upena Community Development Corp. and Credit Edge Solutions LLC are co-sponsors of the series. Pa`upena CDC is a nonprofit beneficiary organization under the auspices of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

The CDC’s mission is to provide resources, training and advocacy to empower fellow Hawaiian Homes trust beneficiaries to build homes and self-sufficient communities. Its website is www.paupena.org.

The for-profit Credit Edge Solutions LLC is a Native Hawaiian-owned mercantile operation that provides credit education via in-person workshops and online activities in order to build a resilient Hawaiian community.

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