Kakaako more than 100 years ago.
In 2010, the company started charging people $100 or more for parking after putting up signs and painting stalls on streets. In some cases, Kakaako Land established parking where the city had prohibited it. The company also began charging for parking that small businesses had long reserved for their own customers. Seven Kakaako businesses sued Kakaako Land in
2014 over the street ownership claim. That case has yet to go to trial.
Lawmakers tried to help in 2016 by creating a law that declared a 1903 Territory of Hawaii resolution that expressed intent to accept ownership of the streets as a retroactive conveyance of the property to the state. This law didn’t produce intended results.
Last year the Legislature established by law a disputed-road resolution process, but it doesn’t appear to apply to Kakaako Land roads. That process was created to succeed a 2016 law calling for the formation of a disputed-roads commission that was never created.
The city is also doing assessment work to possibly condemn Kakaako Land roads, but that effort could take another two years.