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areas of possible additional joint use. The reviews provide the opportunity for identification of land and facilities that might be made available for native Hawaiian use.
The report notes that total real estate owned by the military in Hawaii is just under 170,000 acres, or about four percent of the total 4,050,000 acres on the eight major islands of the State. Leases, licenses, and easements permit the Defense Department to have non-exclusive use (mostly for training) of about 90,000 acres of open land owned by others. There has been a net reduction of over 25,000 acres from the 1973 Program FRESH total, mostly from the decline in leased training areas. 8/
The MILPR0-H1 Report identifies a number of areas available to be released, totaling over 3,000 acres. 9/ Some of these include ceded lands, which, if released, under the provisions of the P.L. 88-233 (December 23, 1963) must be returned to the State when no longer needed by the Federal Government. 10/ In addition, as part of its analysis of existing and planned land use, the report reviews joint use between the military and civilian users. 11/
To assure that any lands that the Department of Defense releases are considered for use that would meet the unique needs of native Hawaiians, the Commission will provide a copy of i ts Report to the Department of Defense with a request that attention be paid to those needs. In addition, to assure that similar consideration is given for use of ceded lands which, if released by the Department of Defense, are returned to the State, the Commission will make a similar request of the State. 12/
C. PRESIDENT'S FEDERAL PROPERTY REVIEW BOARD
President Reagan has established a program to review federal landholdings (other than military holdings) throughout the country in order to determine what land and buildings are no longer needed for government use and can be disposed of. The federal members of the Commission have worked with the Executive Director of the Federal Property Review Board to ask that the unique needs of the native Hawaiians be considered when property use is reviewed and when disposition is considered.
D. ESTABLISHMENT OF KALOKO/HONOKOHAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park has specific historical and cultural significance for native Hawaiians. In 1978, Congress passed legislation authorizing the national historical park based essentially on a 1974 report by the National Park Service and a special study commission for the park (P.L. 95-625). The value of land to be acquired for the park was appraised in 1979 at $62 million. Only $25 million has been authorized for acquisition, however. To assist in acquiring land for the park, which is mostly in private ownership, in 1980 Congress passed P.L. 96-514, which authorizes the exchange of federal surplus lands for lands in Kaloko/Honokohau. The Federal Government remains committed to acquisition of the land needed to establish this park, and is continuing to undertake the work and review necessary to establish it. 13/
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