22 Jan 2008

Agreement settles Hawaii land dispute

1:16 pm on 22 January 2008

A landmark agreement has been signed in Hawaii over ceded land revenues that have been in dispute for more than a decade.

The agreement, which still has to be approved by the legislature, is intended to end the long-running dispute, which involves land that originally belonged to the Kingdom of Hawaii and was ceded to the United States.

The new agreement between the State Administration and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs includes a mix of land and cash worth around US$200-million.

Hawaii's Governor, Linda Lingle, says the settlement comes after more than 4 years of negotiations.

She says she believes the settlement will make for a better Hawaii.