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Promised Land

A Failed Housing Pledge to Native Hawaiians

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica are investigating the decadeslong failure of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to return Native Hawaiians to ancestral lands.

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Lawmakers Approve $600 Million to Help Fix Housing Program for Native Hawaiians

State legislators passed landmark legislation to help buoy a long-troubled program for making reparations to Native Hawaiians. The move follows a ProPublica and Star-Advertiser investigation.

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Promised Land

Lawmakers Propose $600 Million to Fix Housing Program for Native Hawaiians

Hawaii legislators are seeking to infuse $600 million into the state’s native land program. The move follows a Star-Advertiser/ProPublica investigation.

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Some Residents Can Get Home Loans in This Area, but Native Hawaiians Say They Can’t. Officials Want to Know Why.

The Military Pledged to Remove Unexploded Bombs From This Island. Native Hawaiians Are Still Waiting.

Native Hawaiians Are Split Over How to Spend $600 Million to Help Those Who Need Housing

These Native Hawaiians Waited Years for Homes on Their Ancestral Land. Then the Problems Began.

Do You Live in the Kanehili or Kauluokahai Subdivisions? We Have Questions About the Quality of Your Homes.

The U.S. Broke Its Promise to Return Land to Hawaiians. My Family Knows Something About Land Loss.

How the Deals Approved by Congress Bypassed Thousands of Hawaiians Waiting for Homes

The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Congress Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.

Hawaii’s Big Fix to Its Housing Shortage for Native Hawaiians? A Casino.

The Government Promised to Return Ancestral Hawaiian Land, Then Never Finished the Job

To Reclaim Ancestral Land, All Native Hawaiians Need Is a $300,000 Mortgage and to Wait in Line for Decades

How We Found Low-Income Hawaiians Were Left Behind by the Homesteading Program