Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Meeting of the
December 7, 2005; Honolulu Hale (City Hall)
In a historic reversal, the Honolulu City Council today cast a unanimous 9-0 vote in favor of the future of Waimea Valley as a complete, undivided ahupua'a. They also voted in favor of an open, transparent court procedure to determine a fair, final price for purchase of the Valley.
The Council will immediate start to build partnerships immediately, with key supporters who testified today: the State Legislature, the National Audubon Society, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and others.
These web pages will carry much more detail, including many news reports, interviews, television stories, photographs and personal accounts.
The process is not complete, but it is on sound footing. There may be a trial in February that requires further public support. The Stewards of Waimea will continue to do our part, in service to the Valley.
Watch this space.
See the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser,
Re: Testimony in Opposition to Proposal to Settle Condemnation Lawsuit Entitled City and County of Honolulu v. Attractions Hawaii, et. al.
Dear Chairman Dela Cruz and Members of the Council:
I am testifying against the recommendation by the Committee of the Whole that the City and County of Honolulu settle the condemnation lawsuit entitled City and County of Honolulu v. Attractions Hawaii et al.
I am writing this letter on behalf of The Stewards of Waimea Valley, a group of very concerned citizens and organizations on the North Shore who believe that the City and County of Honolulu ( (the "City") should not settle this condemnation lawsuit, but instead should proceed to trial with all deliberate speed.
The condemnation suit was brought for the purpose of preserving for this and future generations the entire ahupuaa of Waimea Valley. This was the intent of the City Council in 2001, and should remain the overriding objective of the City Council today.
The City is already in possession of the land; the only issue left for decision is the price which the City should pay the Landowner for the property. According to the condemnation law (Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 101-24), this price is the value of the property on the date on which the condemnation suit was filed in 2001. It is irrelevant that property values may have increased since the date the suit was filed; it doesn't matter.
Stewards of Waimea
Re: Proposed Settlement Waimea Valley
The state motto defines the fundamental duty of every public servant of the Islands, and we call upon you today to give this wisdom true meaning by acting to protect in perpetuity the entire ahupua`a of Waimea. Four years ago, in December 2001, the City Council had the foresight to unite behind this important principle when it took legal action to acquire the entirety of Waimea Valley for the public. Today, the Council should stand by that promise and make that vision a reality.