Homestead Associations Upgrade Registration System

Thursday, January 13, 2022 By press release

SCHHA press release

The Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) ended the 2021 calendar year by completing the installation of a modern membership registration database.

“This is a landmark year for our farms and our waitlisted families,” said Sybil Lopez, SCHHA Vice President. “After 35 years since our founding, we have a modern server and software system to replace our antiquated registration system of people who are members of the family associations to which they belong.”

SCHHA’s Homestead Listing Modernization Project was adopted in 2019 by homestead and waitlist leaders across the state to upgrade database technology which allows individuals to register, pledge and vote in Homestead Association elections, including SCHHA, starting in 2023.

“2021 is not only the 100th anniversary of our Land Allocation Act, but now is a year where the first registration database has been set up to serve multiple homestead associations” said Kammy Purdy, a SCHHA leader and member of the Ho’ Olehua Hawaiian Agricultural Association on Molokai. “It has been a job of necessity, in our time – to bring our membership registration system into the 21st century, and best of all, to create a registration process that serves many different family associations like ours. on Molokai.”

Now that SCHHA’s Homestead Enrollment System is installed in a secure facility with industrial firewalls and state-of-the-art technology, SCHHA is moving its project into its beta phase in 2022, to pilot enrollment in 4 different family associations , including the National Waiting List Association.

The software design enrolls Hawaiians defined by the federal allotment law, the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHCA) Act of 1920, as its core role, and enrolls Hawaiians not eligible for HHCA, through its descending role.

“By the time our beta process is complete, our Homestead Associations will be able to issue ID cards, enroll tenants, waitlists, successors and ohanas regardless of the amount of blood, wanting to participate in the problems of our homesteads,” Purdy commented. “It’s exciting! And depending on the different constitutions of individual farm associations, registered members will be able to participate in our farm elections.

Founded in 1987 and 2008 respectively, SCHHA and AHHL are two of the most prominent and representative political voices on issues affecting tribal lands in Hawaii defined under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA). SCHHA and AHHL represent the interests of 10,000 landlords in trust and 28,000 on the waiting list. Each is registered as federally defined family associations with the Ministry of the Interior. SCHHA is a self-governing community dedicated to the rights and responsibilities of trust land communities.