Lawsuits behind, Coco Palms rebuild to continue

LIHUE ­— A federal lawsuit filed in Virginia against Chad Waters, and Tyler Greene, owners of Coco Palms Hui, LLC, and architect Ron Agor, has been dismissed.

According to court documents, the lawsuit was dismissed because the court lacks personal jurisdiction over all defendants, as the plaintiff’s complain lacks allegations that the defendants are subject to personal jurisdiction in Virginia.

“We are pleased with the decision and don’t have any other comment at this time,” said Pierce Murphy, associate attorney at Silverman Thomson, Slutkin and White, who defended Waters, Greene and Agor on the matter.

In a written statement to The Garden Island newspaper, Waters said with this and other frivolous legal actions behind them, Coco Palms Hui, LLC, is looking forward to refocusing on the job they started a number of years ago, completing the rebuild of Coco Palms Resort.

“As we stated from the beginning, the federal lawsuit filed by Virginia resident Ruthie Caudill was factually inaccurate and completely frivolous. As expected, the federal court in Virginia has granted our motion to dismiss,” Waters said.

Waters continued that Caudill has a well-known history of filing similar actions in court, that have all led to the same conclusion — dismissal.

“As far as we know, she has never been to Kauai or anywhere in the state of Hawaii for that matter,” Waters said. “Why she continues to harass us and the myriad of other people and entities on Kauai is a mystery to everyone.”

To this day, Waters said, Caudill continues to offer advice to anyone who listens to her.

“Her absurd legal notions are endless, her nonstop FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests have wasted thousands of hours of time for government agencies from the County of Kauai, USFWS, Army Corps and others. You name the government agency and good bet that she has harassed them for something,” Waters said.

The suit was filed in late march by Caudill, president of the Jacob Broom Society, and sought monetary damages in the amount of $3.5 million and alleged desecration of graves prevention of the Kanaka Maoli to freely practice their religion and the disruption of an endangered water bird habitat.

In an emailed statement to TGI, Caudill said she is planning on appealing the court’s decision. She said she initially filed the lawsuit to stop the desecration of the iwi and the destruction of United States Fish and Wildlife Services habitat and animals.

“I have already sent for the U.S. Supreme Court information, which I will get shortly in the mail,” Caudill said.


Bethany Freudenthal, Courts, Crime and County reporter, 652-7891 or

  1. manawai June 13, 2018 8:18 am Reply

    Bethany Freudenthal, the author of this article, is a close friend on FaceBook with Ruthann Caudill, the Plaintiff in this frivolous nuisance suit filed (pro se = without legal representation) in the wrong jurisdiction (i.e. the wrong state). Freudenthal is anything but an impartial journalist. The Garden Island News must be desperate for reporters…any reporter. Caudill is the one who has been feeding less than informed Kauai homeless trespassers with made up ill-written fake documents to file just to harass defendants with whom she has personal issues. And Freudenthal (and apparently the GIN) eats it all up. Native Hawaiians are finally figuring out that Caudill is merely using them for her own aggrandizement, giving them false hope of claiming land titles, and encouraging them to remain angry, unemployed and homeless. But still Freudenthal eats it up.

    1. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 6:21 pm Reply

      Bethany and I are not friends on or off of Facebook. Federal Court is the correct court for questions a Federal, including Constitutional. It is too bad Building has been allowed so long in Hawaii that violates Federal Laws, but again, that is not my fault. Go blame your Government or yourselves.

    2. Ruthann June 16, 2018 6:54 pm Reply

      Federal Court is for Jurisdiction between States. It is also the Correct Court for Constitutional or Federal Las which were violated.

      1. manawai June 20, 2018 4:13 pm Reply

        This is what happens when one is so full of oneself that one thinks she can actually succeed in court pro se filing childish law suits. She hasn’t a clue about federal jurisdictions. She’s using local folks for her own selfish reasons. She has done absolutely nothing for Native Hawaiians but to sow false hope and disappointment.

    3. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 7:20 pm Reply

      Which Kanaka are you referring who are not listening to me, and why did you think I am trying to get any Kanaka to listen to me?

    4. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 7:25 pm Reply

      Again, you are not making any sense. I have not provided anyone with any fake documents.

  2. harry oyama June 13, 2018 9:14 am Reply

    Caudill makes use of the legal system not for personal gain or greed as most lawyers are known for, but for ideals that often takes little notice or concern, since few if any monetary benefits is pursued. Good for her to test the court of Hawaii against its continued abuse of the original Kanaka (Hawaiians).

  3. Reverend Malama Robinson June 13, 2018 9:57 am Reply

    What is the Jacob Broom Society? Who is this PERSON, president of the fictitious Org. ARE THE KANAKA REALLY FOLLOWING AND MEMBERS OF THE JABOB BLOOM SOCIETY ?

    1. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 6:27 pm Reply

      Reverend Robinson, you blocked me on FB. Why? Was it because of all the Illegal Quiet Titles you Family has been involved in all these years? Jacob Brome Society is a legal entity and yes, there were Kanaka involved. Dawn Wasson was a member. After she passed, I stopped the Jacob Broome Society.

    2. Ruthann June 16, 2018 7:00 pm Reply

      Jacob Broome was a Quaker and did not own slaves. You, as usual, do not know what you are talking about.

    3. Ruthann June 16, 2018 7:06 pm Reply

      Do you even know how to go about checking if an Society is a legal Entity? You put the Society and the name of the State in Google…and out comes the Society and the Number it is registered in the State! Amazing….

  4. Steve Martin June 13, 2018 1:43 pm Reply

    According to the story the lawsuit was thrown out. Bethany why don’t you work on something of value. What is your hard on with waters. Give it a break.

    1. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 6:34 pm Reply

      Your Hawaiian Courts, especially Land, are systematically flawed. For some reason Hawaii has not taught basic US Constitution.
      No one has challenged Hawaii in loss of “Separation of Church and State” or “Freedom of Religion.” Why?

  5. Geckoman June 13, 2018 4:08 pm Reply

    Harassment and a WASTE of tax payer money. The courts have real cases to hear – rummies like this are delaying everyone involved. Dill weed needs some time behind bars to snap her back into reality.

    1. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 6:13 pm Reply

      This Federal Court has to deal with Trump and Hawaii should have handled its own problems. Kauai County does not have the permits needed to build Coco Palms.

  6. Paid2talk June 15, 2018 6:46 pm Reply

    Ruthie Caudill, can’t block me here. You are a joke and its actually embarrassing that the courts even gave your frivolous filing a thought. Your only purpose is to slow the Coco Palms process. Nothing you have ever said, posted, filed even makes sense. Keep your silliness at home over on the East coast. Kauai doesn’t want your insanity. You should be Debra’s campaign manager you are two peas in a crazy pod. Anyone that has ever called her out or challenged her insanity, she blocks on FB. You are a coward stand up for your fight don’t run and hide when folks call you out and expose your false statements and insanity. #fakenews

    1. Ruthann Caudill June 16, 2018 6:10 pm Reply

      This was not a Frivolous Law Suit. This was dismissed because it should have been filed in Hawaii. The proof is sound.

      1. Ruthann June 16, 2018 6:58 pm Reply

        I also do not need to explain myself to anyone, especially some FB trolls.

    2. Ruthann June 16, 2018 7:13 pm Reply

      Did you know Federal Courts handle Law Suits from one State to another? Of course you did not…Jurisdiction is correct.

      1. Paid2Talk June 18, 2018 1:02 pm Reply

        …and how’d that turn out for you and your “jurisdiction”?

  7. Debra Kekaualua August 26, 2018 8:21 pm Reply

    oh shucks, i missed this tgi column written by a journalist from someplace that wears scarves and clothes covering their entire body in 90 degree weather. As usual the real trolls are out enmasse. It is these commentators that have the agenda, when they figure out they cannot own land and are scayed for their lost assets. WE have done our homework, Due Diligence research. We win u.s. loses. All day every day chemical trails and direct energy weapons are aggressively flying back and forth, up and down. Man-made hurricane that wasnt is a good example of what dummies dont repeat on the nightly news OR tgi. I will take Ruthann ANY day all day over the trolls that support the evil empire that forbids us 125-years, to lead church and fake state seperation and a peaceful life free of oppression, u.s. citizenship and the SS corporate you!

    “Pay Attention” was my mayoral platform, i didnt want anyone to vote. We have too many clowns in this circus, now Derrick or Mel will make your booboo all better.

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