A bill that would allow ceded lands in Hawaii to be sold if a two-thirds majority of both the senate and house approves, has been passed.
The bill requires a two-thirds majority by the two houses in the legislature approval process for all sales of public lands, including 'ceded lands'.
The chair of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Representative Mele Carroll, says she supports a full moratorium of the sale and transfer of ceded lands.
However, she describes the bill as a compromise.
But a supervisor at the University of Hawaii's Centre of Hawaii Studies, Pualani Kauila, says there is no such thing as compromise when it comes to selling ceded lands.
"First of all, it's not supposed to be sold. This is the land that was set aside for native Hawaiians. Now how can we get anything out of this with the governor wanting to sell the ceded lands? It's very inappropriate, number one. Against what we believe, number two. Number three we are very close to our land. The land is very important to us."
Pualani Kauila, a supervisor at the University of Hawaii's Centre of Hawaii Studies.