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Kali WatsonHCDB was founded by Kali as a continuation of his passion for providing Native Hawaiian families with affordable housing options. Prior to this, during his tenure as the Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) between 1995 and 1998, he was responsible for coordinating the development of over 3,100 residential lots on Hawaiian Home Lands, and State legislature's approval and funding of the $600 million State and DHHL settlement, including the transfer of 16,518 acres of State lands to make the DHHL trust whole. He was also instrumental in the passage and transfer of over 900 acres of Federal lands into the trust under the federal Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act of 1995.  As a licensed attorney, he has been at the forefront of Hawaiian issues for over 40 years and his background includes work at the 1978 State Constitutional Convention, legal counsel for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii, Chairman of the Hawaii State Housing Directors and Administrators, and the 1999 O'o Award Winner for the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Chairman of the Housing and Economic Development Committee for the Sovereign Councils of Hawaiian Homestead Assembly (SCHHA) which represents approximately 30 different Hawaiian homestead communities throughout the State. In recent years, to expand HCDB's reach into the private non-homesteading areas, Kali has established successful HCDB partnerships with various private developers of low-income housing tax credit projects primarily located on Oahu. Projects include single family residential, townhouses, mid-rise and high-rise buildings.

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