Hawaii DOE Sends Out Eviction Notices to 7 Educators on Lānaʻi

Lānaʻi High and Elementary School

Eviction Notice sent out by DOE

On January 27, 2022, seven educators with the Hawaii Department of Education received eviction notices from their state-subsidized housing on the small island of Lānaʻi. There is currently a 5-year policy that prohibits staff members from living in state-subsidized housing for any longer than the term length. The previous school administration waived this rule, as, like many other rural communities, it is difficult to obtain housing and recruit teachers in Hawaii.

The island of Lānaʻi faces a much more unique challenge than other school districts in the state. With the majority of the homes owned by major landowner Pulama Lānaʻi, a company owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, and the limited supply of housing, it is difficult for community members to find affordable housing.

Future Development of Hokuao 201H Housing Project

All supplies are either brought in by air or sea, and the only way to get to and from the island is either by Expeditions Ferry, which operates between Manele Small Boat Harbor and Lahaina,

Expeditions Ferry

or Mokulele Airlines, a single-engine Cessna Caravan that operates to both Kahului and Honolulu airports from Lānaʻi.

Lānaʻi Airport

Where would your kids be today if these educators were forced out of Lānaʻi due to the lack of housing? These people placed their blood, sweat, and tears into this community and our state has the audacity to email eviction notices asking them to vacate their homes by June 30, 2022. The State of Hawaii needs to abolish this 5-year policy and should be held accountable for the undue stress they have caused to these affected families.

Please support these educators by writing a letter to our state and county representatives, and telling them this isnʻt okay!

Senator Lynn DeCoite: sendecoite@capitol.hawaii.gov

Councilman Gabe Johnson: gabe.johnson@mauicounty.us

Governor David Ige: david.y.ige@hawaii.gov

Representative Linda Clark: repclark@capitol.hawaii.gov

Mayor Michael Victorino: mayors.office@co.maui.hi.us

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