Coco Palms courtroom chaos

  • Bethany Fruedenthal / The Garden Island

    One of the two people removed from the court room during the Coco Palms civil trail.

LIHUE — The already-heated Coco Palms case got moreso today when a bailiff tried to physically carry a woman, screaming, from the courtroom of District Court Judge Michael Soong.

The tense situation came about when two people were ordered to be removed from the courtroom during this morning’s civil proceedings about Coco Palms.

But after a short recess, they returned to the courtroom, where there was a dispute over the man’s cell phone, which had been confiscated. He was ordered to leave without the phone, but his mother verbally objected.

The bailiff tried to pick up the woman, dropped her, then ordered the courtroom to be cleared as the woman sat in the far corner of the courtroom.

The case took a recess and was scheduled to resume at 1:30 p.m.

At stake, Soong is hearing arguments in a contested court case between a developer who claims ownership of the famed Coco Palms Resort in Wailua and is planning a $175 million resort development, and a group of Native Hawaiians who say they have historical and genealogical rights to the land they’ve been occupying for nearly a year.

29 Comments
  1. Terri Tada December 29, 2017 4:40 pm Reply

    Go Debbie I hope you stop this development. there is no reason for it. Turn that into a historical park for the people of Kauai.


    1. Keleke December 30, 2017 7:25 am Reply

      Homeless people will move in when you make it into a park.


    2. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 8:13 am Reply

      I take it you are above this court case. You used your real name instead of codename. Don’t they pre-qualify for proper intelligence? Tell the mayor Bernard p. Carvalho jr. to stick with digging the grounds. Why go into office work? He’s best suited to digging the ground with a shovel.


  2. Paid2Talk December 29, 2017 6:09 pm Reply

    Bunch of clowns. A courtroom bailiff has the same authority as a deputy. Break the rules of the courtroom pay the price. Life is simple there are rules, you break them, you pay the consequences….I believe we all learned that in like the 2nd grade. Way before you claimed your “sovereignty” or “Life being” or whatever the heck staff man rambles on about. He’s a modern day David Koresh. Except without the female followers….hahaha. You have no case so and Kauai is tired of your silliness…grow up already. You should’ve been charged months ago for violating the courtroom rules…RULE 5.1 Courtroom rules. it’s posted before you even go in…These folks are a waste of court time.


    1. Susan Rosier December 30, 2017 5:52 am Reply

      What? You say it’s ok to MANhandle a woman? Clearly that big MAN has no right to TOUCH a woman! The law is clear that a woman officer needs to be present before ANY confrontation with ANY female!

      This altercation happened while court was still in recess. The judge had not resumed the proceedings.

      Obviously your chosen name describes you perfectly, Paid2play!


      1. Paid2Talk January 2, 2018 6:22 pm Reply

        Here we go again making up the rules as you go along:
        Susan Rosier: “The law is clear that a woman officer needs to be present before ANY confrontation with ANY female!”
        ***Where in the world did you find this???
        You guys always want the Cops to pick and choose which laws they enforce. But when they enforce the ones you break, your feelings get hurt and you blame them for your mistake. You guys avoid facts ALWAYS…


    2. Anuenue Kanahele December 30, 2017 2:06 pm Reply

      Paid2talk. Do t you EVER speak for Kauai. You are not from here. You also have no balls to not post your name. Hush idiot… you do not speak for our land. We are not ‘hosts’ you and yours alike are irritants and the REALL TALK NOT PAID FOR SAYS…. We are SICK of your ki d and are COMPLETELY over it with a judge who dies not know where he is sitting.

      This developer needs to also do hus homework. WE DONT WANT ANYMORE DEVELOPMENT. MARK SUCKERBERG. Or likewise.

      We do not need to pay anyone for OUR LAND.


      1. Paid2Talk January 2, 2018 6:23 pm Reply

        You don’t know ANYTHING about me..You can’t see me and you don’t know my race. Think about that a second…you’re the one making judgements. I don’t post my name just to see the response and I got everything I need…BORN and RAISED in a HAWAIIAN bloodline home….now what??


    3. Jenilene Kahula December 30, 2017 11:46 pm Reply

      It’s easy to hide behind a fake name and a keyboard. Unless you are a kanaka maoli and you are educated in the history of Hawaii- keep your uneducated unsolicited idiotic opinion to yourself.


      1. Paid2Talk January 2, 2018 7:54 pm Reply

        See my response to Anuenue Kanahele. Oh and since your casting judgement about my education…I have a 4 year degree with additional college past that…I know Hawaii, I live here. I love how you guys are so quick to cast judgment because I don’t post my name so you can make idol threats to my family because us locals all think this whole thing is a waste of time. This is a comment section for opinions??


  3. Lawaibob December 29, 2017 7:25 pm Reply

    I don’t see why they don’t just buy the developer out of the project. Offer him $176 instead


    1. Susan Rosier December 30, 2017 6:01 am Reply

      Buy back what you own? Why?


    2. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 8:56 am Reply

      Who is the developer? Michael Dahilig? Planning Director. I saw him on a picture with Rolovich. Your mayor was a dumb ass failure. F grades and drop out. High school. About them yet?

      Nobody cares.


  4. White Rice December 30, 2017 3:41 am Reply

    If Noa and them would just section 106 this land like Uncle says, then by law the Navy has to protect them and there is no court. No one can be touched at that point.


  5. Mackdadster December 30, 2017 6:05 am Reply

    Who are these trespassers? Do they have jobs? Do they have proof they are Hawaiian? Where were they when Coco Palms was being built the first time? Why didn’t anyone complain then? Sound like a bunch of deadbeats trying to get a free lunch.


  6. Susan Rosier December 30, 2017 6:13 am Reply

    Outrageous the behavior of this Public Servant! You would think someone in that position in a courtroom would know the LAW. A woman officer is required first and foremost before any physical confrontation with any female. This law has been in effect for decades! There is NO excuse for this man’s behavior!


  7. Nomi December 30, 2017 7:23 am Reply

    Human beings are a waste of time? It’s silly to want your land back? Just give them $176 million?

    This kind of corporate colonialism really has some people just bowing down, and others like — wait a second did you just drop a tutu while you were trying to take indigenous peoples’ land rights? This developer is unlikely to be successful with the project when tenacious Hawaiians and honest Americans refuse to support or endorse it, and are willing to occupy the land to protect and uphold it for their future generations. This is 2017. Unless this developer wants several thousand very frank reviews on every Yelp, Trip Advisor and travel review site about this proposed hotel, and protests outside the building, and to prosecute indigenous people for guarding their land, or have visitors informed on arrival at the airport, locals willing to boycott service provision, drivers who refuse to bring visitors onto the property, I can’t imagine even if it were built, that it wouldn’t be fraught with serious PR problems. You can whitewash it all you want but Kauai is a small island, so if you screw the locals it won’t go unnoticed. I would not want to have anything to do with this developer or this hotel.


  8. Polekasta December 30, 2017 8:08 am Reply

    News reports that the lady claimed to be sitting in front of her son, yet the video shows the bailiff trying to remove her from the last bench. Plus, if she refused to leave after the bailiff asked her to leave, he has all right to forcefully remove if necessary.


  9. Cockroach December 30, 2017 8:15 am Reply

    These squatters need to be moved off the site. The have made the property into a trash heap attracting cats, rats & other critters which are not healthy for human habitation. The consumption of drugs in their camp is rampant & many of the inhabitants have resorted to petty theft from properties & vehicles in nearby communities. Besides, they don’t have legal title to the property even as a registered owner. Time to bulldoze them off & repurpose the land for a better use!


  10. Manawai December 30, 2017 8:58 am Reply

    Sadly, Debra Kekaualua always tries to make it about herself. She doesn’t nothing but shed a bad light on the cause the Native Hawaiians are espousing.


  11. anony mouse December 30, 2017 11:14 am Reply

    I love the video and the people who want to make police reports, etc.

    All looks like evidence to be used against them, not how they expect.


  12. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 12:12 pm Reply

    Gilbert Nobriga. Long time editor of tgi. Waimea high school. How about him? 1985 Waimea high school.


  13. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 12:17 pm Reply

    Or my man, Darrell Aguinaldo, 1985 Waimea high school. He used to work at Wong’s in Hanapepe. Give him a better job. They were with Ross Kagawa.


  14. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 12:23 pm Reply

    Orlando Canstantino, pg 162, 1984 yearbook, Waimea high school. He was with Ross Kagawa. Former waiter . Hotels. Him too.


  15. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 12:31 pm Reply

    Royce Ijima, Who is Guy Ruiz. Waimea high school 1983.

    They know him. Ross Kagawa. Mr. BASEBALL Kekaha.


  16. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 1:24 pm Reply

    One more injunction on Ross Kagawa. Maona Cano. Pg. 155, 1983 yearbook of Waimea High School. Seniors. Touch backboard on layup basketball. High school. Whoa…


  17. Sunrise_blue December 30, 2017 1:59 pm Reply

    I’m from that line of tuck. Teach. DOE


  18. Tracy December 31, 2017 8:10 am Reply

    I would like to know what happened at the hearing???


  19. Samuel Heung January 2, 2018 8:01 am Reply

    Nutz that the kingdom is made up of a bunch of haoles!


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