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Coco Palms Resort Hotel, Kauai, HI (Hotel)
bamalamalu
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Posted: 2018-02-22 12:45 pm   Permalink

Some activity today: the defendants are being forced to leave the property. I saw a notification that the road is open again, so they may be finished.


http://www.kitv.com/story/37568829/coco-palms-squatters-ousted#.Wo8deeChTpk.facebook

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37569404/authorities-clearing-occupiers-from-coco-palms-property



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Posted: 2018-02-22 3:45 pm   Permalink

Another story

http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/02/22/hawaii-news/police-remove-coco-palms-occupiers/

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2018-05-26 07:21 am   Permalink

Haven't checked in a while, looks like the only recent stuff are very general reports in other articles that construction is still delayed. But hey, looks like the main road along the beach is going to be repaired and widened because it's an election year, hahahaha... 20 days ago the AP published the story below about another lawsuit in a line of lawsuits. It seems that attorneys are the only ones currently making money off the old Cocoa Palms.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/05/07/hawaii-news/federal-suit-filed-against-coco-palms-developers-architect/

Federal suit filed against Coco Palms developers, architect
By Associated Press | Monday, May 7, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

LIHUE, Kauai — A lawsuit has been filed in a Virginia federal court against the developers and architect rebuilding the Coco Palms Hotel in Hawaii.

The suit filed in late March by Virginia resident Ruthann Caudill, president of the Jacob Broom Society, cites alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act, desecration of graves and the prevention of religious freedom, The Garden Island reported.

It seeks damages of $3.5 million.

The basis of the suit is activity that started on March 16 at the Coco Palms site, according to the lawsuit.

Caudill declined to comment, the newspaper reported.

A lawyer for the three people targeted in the lawsuit said it won’t stand up in court because it wasn’t filed against the development company Coco Palms LLC.

It was filed against Tyler Greene, Chad Waters and Ron Agor.

Their lawyer, Pierce Murphy, filed a motion to dismiss Caudill’s suit because Hawaii courts have already ruled in favor of Coco Palms Hui LLC, and because Caudill lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

“She claims a right to sue my clients under, among other things, the 19th century treaty between the Kingdom of Hawaii and the United States, which is about as realistic as if I were to sue you for violating the Treaty of Versailles,” Murphy said.

Murphy is defending two other clients in cases filed by Caudill in U.S. court, he said.


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Posted: 2018-06-27 12:42 pm   Permalink

Here's a report from two weeks ago - another hurdle to rebuilding the resort has been overcome.

http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/06/13/hawaii-news/lawsuits-behind-coco-palms-rebuild-to-continue/

By Bethany Freudenthal The Garden Island | Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

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.

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Bethany Freudenthal, Courts, Crime and County reporter, 652-7891 or bfreudenthal@thegardenisland.com


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Posted: 2018-07-12 2:06 pm   Permalink

From the Honolulu Star Advertiser on July 8th, 2018:

Judge rules for developer in Coco Palms dispute, paves way for Kauai resort
Associated Press July 8, 2018 Updated July 8, 2018 2:45pm
http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/07/08/breaking-news/judge-rules-for-developer-in-coco-palms-dispute-paves-way-for-kauai-resort/



LIHUE >> A Hawaii developer will be able to lay groundwork for a resort in Kauai, ending court dealings in a lengthy property dispute.

Circuit Court Chief Judge Randall Valenciano ruled in favor of Coco Palms Hui LLC, owned by Chad Waters and Tyler Greene, paving the way for the company to file permits and eye the rebuild of the Coco Palms resort hotel, The Garden Island reported on Friday.

“We would hope to start (construction), within the next six to nine months,” Greene said.

Absent from the day’s proceedings, which lasted just over a minute, were Noa Mau-Espirito and Kamu “Charles” Hepa, who have been battling the development of the property.

They claimed ownership of the land through ancestral rights and planned to turn it into a cultural and religious center for the Kanaka Maoli.

Valenciano, who stated the court hadn’t received written opposition on the matter, ruled in favor of the summary judgment that was filed in court on June 6.

Mau-Espirito said his camp isn’t done filing appeals. He also said they weren’t informed of the day’s proceedings.

“I had no idea there was a hearing today,” he said. “The last thing I heard from them was their request in summary judgment so I answered their finding with my own answer. I was waiting to hear back from them. I didn’t know I had court.”

Mau-Espirito agreed that there currently wasn’t anything filed in Kauai courts regarding this case, but he did say they’ve filed appeals with the State of Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals on Oahu.

Greene said their goal is to bring back the old Coco Palms, which was damaged during by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and had stood in disrepair until he and business partner Waters obtained a special warranty deed for the property from Prudential real estate for reconstruction.

Once completed, the $175 million project is slated to boast 350 rooms, 12,000 square feet (1,114.8 square meters) of retail space, three leisure areas and a cultural center.


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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2018-09-09 4:25 pm   Permalink

Not much new going on, but here's a story from today's paper.

http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/09/09/hawaii-news/mayor-not-happy-about-coco-palms/

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Posted: 2018-09-09 8:24 pm   Permalink

Damn, that's a prett accurate appraisal of the situation.
There has been a construction office trailer parked in the front parking lot for a year or more, but that recently disappeared. Maybe it was moved somewhere on property that I can't see, but I'm thinking they got tired of renting it for no reason. There has been zero consteuction or any activity since the demolition ended, and I can't even remember how long that's been.
I really wanted to see this all happen, but my gut says it won't get rebuilt, and I'm now okay with that.
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Posted: 2018-09-20 5:42 pm   Permalink

...And here's the latest response from the developers saying they're still on track.


http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/09/20/hawaii-news/developers-coco-palms-project-back-on-track/

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Posted: 2018-09-21 5:34 pm   Permalink

Another update, combining developer's & county's views,as well as the author's...

https://beatofhawaii.com/coco-palms-to-be-nationally-branded-construction-to-start/
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