In The News

Plaintiffs Claim Win in Hawaiian Homelands Suit
By Rob Perez Honolulu Star-Advertiser
November 13, 2017

The plaintiffs in a long-running class-­action lawsuit over long waits for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead lots have scored what they consider another crucial victory in court.

Barring a last-minute production of documents, the state no longer can challenge whether potentially hundreds of plaintiffs whose DHHL files are missing or incomplete are entitled to damages — thanks to an Oct. 30 ruling by Circuit Judge Virginia Crandall, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys….

To read the full article, click here.

Plaintiffs Still Await Data in Hawaiian Homestead Suit

By Rob Perez Honolulu Star-Advertiser
October 30, 2016

Seven years after a favorable court ruling, the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the state and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands are still waiting for state documents they consider essential for calculating damages related to long waits for homesteads.

Attorneys for the 2,700 plaintiffs say at least 600 files are missing, slowing the litigation process and reflecting abysmal record keeping by DHHL….

To read the full article, click here.

In Hawaiian Homelands Suit, Plaintiffs Ask for Special Master

By Rob Perez Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 23, 2014

At age 87, Irene Cordeiro-Vierra doesn’t expect to see a penny of relief from the state before she dies.

"Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever get anything," Cordeiro-Vierra says, blaming the state for what she considers delayed justice.

The Laie resident and former waitress is one of more than 2,700 Native Hawaiians or their heirs who are waiting for the state to pay damages for failing to deliver Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead lots on a timely basis.

Even though a judge more than four years ago found the state liable for breach of trust in a class-action lawsuit the plaintiffs filed in 1999, the case still is moving slowly through the damages phase and is far from being resolved. A recent attempt at court-ordered mediation failed to yield a settlement…

To read the full article, click here.

Long Wait for Justice
By Rob Perez Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 14, 2013

Caroline Bright applied for a homestead lease in 1959, the year Hawaii became a state.

She died last year at age 87, still waiting for one.

"She gave up on them," said her daughter, singer Teresa Bright. "She lost hope."

Caroline Bright was part of a class-action lawsuit filed nearly 14 years ago against the state for breaching its trust obligation to get Native Hawaiian beneficiaries onto homestead lots.

After a six-week trial in 2009, a state judge ruled that the state and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which manages the 203,000-acre trust on behalf of beneficiaries, breached their fiduciary duty by not issuing homesteads on a timely basis. Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo also determined that the breaches of trust from 1959 to 1988 caused the plaintiffs economic harm and that the state must pay compensation….

To read the full article, click here.


Judge Rules State Breached Home Lands Trust
Craig Gima Honolulu Star-Bulletin
November 5, 2009

 
After a 10-year court battle and decades of waiting in vain for homesteads, plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit won a judgment against the state for failing to promptly award home lots to native Hawaiians under the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.  

Circuit Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo ruled Tuesday that the state failed in its trust responsibilities and the plaintiffs should receive monetary damages….  

To read Honolulu Star-Bulletin news coverage, click here.



Contact Us


Comments