Coco Palms land dispute may continue

LIHUE — Defendants in the Coco Palms land dispute want to charge rent for the use of the Wailua land upon which the old hotel sits and they’ve set the price tag at $200 million.

A notice to quit or pay rent against Prudential Insurance, the State of Hawaii, the County of Kauai and Old Republic Title Escrow of Hawaii was filed by Noa Mau-Espirito and Kamu Charles Hepa, through certified mail.

Mau-Espirito said they did this because the title issue involving land in Wailua has not been resolved.

“They are not the rightful owners of the land,” Mau-Espirito said. “Under Hawaiian Kingdom law, they are the squatters.”

Mau-Espirito said this paperwork wasn’t filed against development company Coco Palms Hui LLC because their issues are really with the title insurance company.

“Tyler (Greene) and Chad (Waters) are just in the middle of this,” Mau-Espirito said.

The notice, Mau-Espirito said, is for $200 million because Coco Palms Hui LLC’s projected investment into the property once reconstruction is built is $175 million.

“If they’re going to use the land, they need to pay into the trust for it,” he said.

The land, he said, has been desecrated. There’s a road going through it, some tennis courts and a building.

Waters said Coco Palms Hui LLC could use some of that $200 million itself, if Mau-Espirito and the other defendants were to win in their bid for rent money.

“Whether it is $200 million or $200 billion that they get paid, it would be appreciated if they help pay for the cost of hauling away all of the rubbish they left on the property,” said Waters of the newest development in this case.

On Monday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources was scheduled to remove those that remain on state land in the area by 6:30 a.m., but the ejectment never happened.

“(Judge Michael) Soong’s ruling is still pending due to an appeal to the State Supreme Court,” Mau-Espirito said. “We’re still down there because legally, it’s not over yet.”

Mau-Espirito said he was offered a settlement if he dropped the appeal and quiet title case against Coco Palms Hui LLC, but he declined it.

It’s not his intent, Mau-Espirito said, for Waters and Greene to lose money or take food off the table for their families, but he said he’s got to do what he’s got to do.

If the entities named on the notice to quit or pay rent don’t pay them, Mau-Espirito said they’ll go to court, this time to prove both title and interest.

Ma-Espirito and Charles Hepa claimed ownership of the Wailua land, home to the Coco Palms Resort that has been closed since 1992 after being damaged by Hurricane Iniki, through their ancestry. They began staying on the property for more than a year. They were recently order off the land in court.

When they were removed from the contested piece of land on the west side of the property Feb. 22, Mau-Espirito says they were pillaged. “According to the United States Constitution,” he said, “that’s a war crime.”

  1. Uncleaina March 8, 2018 6:19 am Reply

    These guys look like children now. Sad, selfish children.

    1. Oh Brother March 8, 2018 3:27 pm Reply

      It seems these misguided people are looking for free hand outs. A waste of time, money and resources.

  2. manawai March 8, 2018 7:32 am Reply

    “the trust” Where do these guys get these notions? What “trust”? Great imaginations! And I love how Mau-Espirito and Hepa have proclaimed themselves the konohiki or trustees of the trust. What a great thing to be able to appoint oneself as the boss with no elections or anything. Maybe they should appoint themselves Kings. Oh wait, that’s probably next. But I guess when you have no job, no home, no nothing, then you have plenty of time to make this stuff up. But the TRUTH of this situation is that if these people had an ounce of validity to their claims, the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC) would be giving them free legal advise and representation. So what do we hear from the NHLC? (crickets)

  3. Sunrise_blue March 8, 2018 12:35 pm Reply

    So you mean Mau-Espiritu wants to charge rent at $200 million dollars. To the state, I am presuming. Interesting. Heh…better than you.

  4. MisterM March 8, 2018 2:16 pm Reply

    Just run of the mill n’eer-do-well grifters. Who’s helping these scammers with these idiotic lawsuits?

    1. Joe March 9, 2018 6:51 am Reply

      It’s odd that you use such condeming language unless you have thoroughly researched their claims. What is it specifically about their claims that makes you label them scammers before this is resolved in court?

  5. LBlab March 8, 2018 7:28 pm Reply

    who wrote this? do they even do any research beforehand? Really glad i don’t have to pay for my paper and just read this on-line. If i was a normal subscriber. Id be pissed for being forced to read this crap

  6. Michael Greenslade March 11, 2018 1:18 pm Reply

    Ancestral Land. On the main land “Tribal Lands” now have casinos and create beneficial income for the community and the tribe members, This is apparently royal Hawaiian land and historic.

    If this developer would be smart, he should work (partner) with this band of royal Hawaiian descencants and work on becoming Hawaii’s Casin. Win-Win

  7. Karen March 15, 2018 2:32 pm Reply

    Did anyone notice some of the “squatters” have moved up the hill to the east of Wailua River lookout? The road with the yellow barricade going to the petroglyphs? What up with that. Tents and trash. I wanted to take friends from mainland down to see the petroglyphs but was stopped and told to get off their land.

  8. Z May 16, 2019 7:34 pm Reply

    Now it’s time kauai tear the eye sore down . Elvis has left n who cares . Tear the dam thing down make it a cultural center a hospital affordable housing or a park we are all tired of looking at the eye sore .kauai doesn’t need another hotel the traffic that comes with it.

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