Ac­tivists ig­nore va­cate or­der, oc­cupy land

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

LIHUE, Kauai — De­spite a judge’s or­der to va­cate, a group of ac­tivists re­mained on the land where Kauai’s Coco Palms re­sort re­sides.

The ac­tivists, who claim to be de­scen­dants of Kauai’s last king, said they have doc­u­ments giv­ing them the rights to the land. They have oc­cu­pied the land since March 2017. More than 50 peo­ple showed up at the site Sun­day to sup­port them.

A Kauai judge last week or­dered the ac­tivists to va­cate the prop­erty by 6 p.m. Sun­day. But as of Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­tivists re­mained on the Coco Palms prop­erty and no law en­force­ment of­fi­cers were on site.

Chad Wa­ters of Coco Palms Hui could not be reached for com­ment.

Co-de­fen­dants in the court case, Noa Mau-Espir­ito and Kamu “Charles” Hepa, watched their fel­low ac­tivists oc­cupy the land from off site.

They said they didn’t want to get ar­rested be­cause they still want to fight for the land through royal patent and an­ces­try.

Coco Palms has been closed more than 25 years since it was da­m­aged by Hur­ri­cane Iniki.

Devel­oper Coco Palms Hui plans to open the new re­sort in 2019.

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