When Stephan Bell, four other men and their field supervisor reported for work at Blue Knight Services, the security guard firm they work for in Lihue, on Thursday, they were instructed to go to the site of the former Coco Palms Resort and work to remove squatters.
It’s an innocuous, two-word term on page 10 of the current draft version of Kauai County’s general plan update. “Provisional area.” More on what it is supposed to mean later. It has roused the (unsuccessful) opposition of County Council Chair Mel Rapozo and attracted the critical attention of Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura.
In the climax of the trial of the Native Hawaiians who have occupied the grounds of the former Coco Palms Resort in Wailua — especially when Judge Michael Soong gave the group until 6 p.m. Sunday to leave or be removed — many in the gallery did not notice a tall man sitting in the corner of the very back row.
The two leaders of a mainly Native Hawaiian group occupying the former Coco Palms Resort property in Wailua apparently have no ownership rights to the property, according to papers obtained by The Garden Island, despite their contentions in the civil ejectment case against them in state District Court in Lihue.
The ejectment (translation: “eviction”) trial involving the two leaders of a group of mainly Native Hawaiians who have occupied the grounds of the former Coco Palms Resort in Wailua meandered through its third full day Friday.
Like many incidents in courtrooms where a situation erupts suddenly into a physical struggle, an interruption at Friday’s session of the trial to decide whether Native Hawaiians who have occupied the Coco Palms Resort property in Wailua should be thrown off the land arose suddenly.
The agriculture division of DowDuPont has announced major changes in its Kauai operations under which it will expand its Hawaii research activities here, increasing staffing on island by as much as 50 percent.
Allan Parachini’s recent reporting about the overabundance of visitors and cars at Haena State Park has sparked a passionate discussion about too many visitors on Kauai.