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Hearings set on proposed homelands rule changes

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will hold public hearings next month in Maui County on proposed administrative rule changes.

These include the use of DNA testing to help establish familial relationships for the department’s homestead home and lot applications and for successorship designation, subsistence agriculture lots, the transfer of homestead leases to undeveloped or vacant lots and undivided interest, fees and charges for the use of department facilities, according to an announcement.

The county hearings are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the department’s Maui district main office at 655 Kaumualii St. in Wailuku and 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the department’s Molokai district office at 600 Mauna Loa Highway in Kaunakakai. Other hearings will be held on the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai.

Written comments may be submitted at the public hearing or by mail, postmarked by Dec. 9. Send comments to: Attention: Administrative Rules, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu 96805.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission is expected to take final action on the proposed administrative rule changes at a future meeting.

The proposed rule amendments are available for review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 9, 2016, at the department’s main office in Kapolei, Oahu, or at its district offices. A copy of the proposed rule amendments will be mailed to any person who requests one in writing.

For more information, send email to dhhl.rules@hawaiianhomelands.org or call (808) 620-9280. A copy of the proposed rule amendments is at dhhl.hawaii.gov/dhhlrules/.

To request a sign-language interpreter or disabled parking at the public hearing, call (808) 620-9590 at least seven days in advance of the hearing.