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Land in Hawaii is money. What I'm talking about here is ceded land - land that belonged to the kingdom and was ceded to the republic and then to the state when we achieved statehood.
Land began to be seen as something to be owned privately and exploited for private interests, and never was entirely reconciled with the old ideas that land should be utilized in common for the good of all.
I remember saying to the chairman after serving the first year, Why are we doing this? Why don't the Hawaiians have control? Well, we have no mechanism to do it, I was told.
A good portion of the airport is on ceded lands, and lease money was paid for that. So the state's collecting lease money because all of a sudden worthless land now has an airport on it.
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