OHA receives grants to study Kaka'ako lands
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is receiving $400,000 in federal grants to look for the presence of petroleum and hazardous substances on several Kaka'ako land parcels it received from the state to settle a ceded land claims.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday the grants will be used to determine what cleanup work will be needed at six parcels.
The land is among 30 acres of waterfront property worth about $200 million the state gave to the agency last year.
In exchange for the land, OHA agreed to waive decades-old claims it had to money generated on land once owned by the Hawaiian monarchy. The monarchy lands house the Honolulu airport, state hospital, public housing projects and other facilities.
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