Coco Palms hearing erupts into court chaos

Bethany Freudenthal / The Garden Island

Punohu Kekaualua, second from right, talks to sheriff’s deputies about what is happening after hearing his mother Debra Kekaualua screaming behind the closed doors of the state courtroom Friday.

LIHUE — In a crowded courtroom Friday, proceedings continued in a civil case between a group of Native Hawaiians who say they rightfully own 17-acres of land in Wailua and a development company that wants to build a $175 million resort where Coco Palms once stood.