Roadblock continues despite 7 arrests in Laie land dispute - Ha...

A Laie family blocked access to a private dirt road mauka of Kamehameha Highway for the second time in three days yesterday despite being arrested the first time. Full Story
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Kula, HI

#1 Dec 30, 2009
If the Wasson Family owns the land, they should take the matter to court. Then, it can be settled once and for all. So WHY don't they do that? Because they know that they'll probably LOSE. And by blocking the road, they're trying to garner as much sympathy and support as they can. They're trying to turn this "legal" battle into a "polital" one. So it's a good thing that they were arrested. Because now, they'll have to PROVE that the land is theirs when they're defending themselves in criminal court.

Kula, HI

#2 Dec 30, 2009
Sorry, I meant "into a political one".......

Royal Oak, MI

#3 Dec 30, 2009
We were telling them ...'You don't have to do that,'" she said.

The Wassons blocked the road again at 6 a.m. yesterday
I'm with the pepper spray on this one.
waimea jim

United States

#4 Dec 30, 2009
So why didn't the family have a copy of the recorded land documents when they were holding their protests.
Something is fishy here.

Kent, WA

#5 Dec 30, 2009
Typical "self-righteous-local " mentality, to them the burden of proof always lies on the shoulders of the other party, not them. Even though they're the ones making the claim.

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Dec 30, 2009
Where is the Deed on this property? Who is paying the taxes? If the family owns the land, they should be able to show their tax bills and receipts. The state also can show who owns the property. This could be cleared up in a morning. But again, the people will pay huge sums of money for lawyers to fight it out in court.
Surfrider 77

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Dec 30, 2009
I hope the Wassons prevail in this David and Goliath story. The Church of LDS is nothing short of criminal. It pays no tax on all the loot it rakes in at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the backs of kids from the South Pacific.





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Big John - Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#8 Dec 30, 2009
And some would say Aloha is dead in Hawaii! Bah Humbug! I agree with Itsumo. Deed, property tax rolls, etc., should clear this up post haste.

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Dec 30, 2009
While the legal side sorts this out, Dawn Wasson doesn't have a clue about what she is saying. If the police tell you to do something, you do it and argue later. You were told numerous times to move, you did not. Your failure to follow police orders resulted in pepper spray. Your fault, do not try and spin shibai about someone you say is dying from cancer to get sympathy. It only makes you look more like a babooze. Where was your babooze attorney who should have worked this. Only showing up after you were arrested? Not smart. Next time do what you are told and do not look like a babooze to your Keiki. Very poor example as a parent. Do it right or not at all.

Hilton Head Island, SC

#10 Dec 30, 2009
Who's been paying the taxes on the property?

End of discussion.

Cambridge, MA

#11 Dec 30, 2009
"Lt. David Eber said Hawaii Reserves Inc. showed documents that it owned the road"

The Wasson's attorney is saying burden of proof of ownership is with the church. Uhm, didn't they just do that?
Da kine

Union City, NJ

#13 Dec 30, 2009
Dis is happening to you right now to you and you don't even know it.All you do is pay taxes....dis people have their lands being taken away by dos dirty politicians because their believe they have the power to do it.This Hawaiian family is you unless you want to see a road going nezt to your bedroom,on top of your roof,by your dog's house.Get up and help this family!!!





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Mormons Love Porn

San Diego, CA

#14 Dec 30, 2009
I think it’s time we educated our Aaronic Priesthood on avoiding the temptations of prawn. I’ve seen it a hundred times. It starts innocently enough, with a slight dabble in calamari or maybe some cod. Don’t worry, our young men tell themselves; everyone else is eating seafood too; this is a perfectly normal part of growing up. Next thing you know, they’ve graduated to jumbo shrimp, lobster, and ahi tuna. Still, our young men are in denial about their problem. And finally, these otherwise fine young men eat prawn. Usually by themselves, in a dark room after their parents have gone to bed, but later more brazenly, sometimes in groups, as if prawn was an okay thing. (I blame the media, for glorifying prawn consumption.) In any event, we all know that once they get to their missions, they just can’t get prawn–the small amount of money the church gives them to live on simply won’t support a diet of prawn–and it leads to them having withdrawals in the field and being less effective missionaries.
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Waimea, HI

#16 Dec 30, 2009
Hmm who to believe-
the greedy HRI developers out to pave over all the remaining ag. land or a group of elderley people who have lived there for generations.
alice is my lover

Oviedo, FL

#17 Dec 30, 2009
what would alice say?!

Lihue, HI

#18 Dec 30, 2009
why is this just coming up now...did the wasson's just arrive? crackling farms has been there for a lot of has the road...their shyster needs to get his facts straight..

Honolulu, HI

#19 Dec 30, 2009
If the land ownership is with the church, then where is the Wasson's copy. If the church has a copy and the family doesn't, the ownership is with the church. I bet this family are squatters and living on a piece of land for so long, they think they own it. Next question, are they paying property taxes like the church? Whoever is paying owns the property, end of story.

Honolulu, HI

#20 Dec 30, 2009
It appears the Wassons have a legitimate case. The onus should be on the church since the Wassons have registered land documents claiming ownership. I also side with tenants that require access to the road for their livlehood and safety. Monies from leases should be shared with the Wassons. The State Attorneys office should have reviewed legal rights of the Wassons before arresting and using unnecessary force (pepper spray).

“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”

Since: Mar 08

United States

#21 Dec 30, 2009
The photo showed a protester holding a sign that said "Aloha kekahi i kekahi." How weird is that! It's supposed to mean "Love one another" or, informally "Can't we all just get along?" An aggressor (like the lady holding that sign) has no business whatsoever (ab)using that slogan. It's like saying "We'll all get along just fine as soon as you do what I tell you to do."
Rudy Giuliani

San Diego, CA

#22 Dec 30, 2009
Da kine wrote:
Dis is happening to you right now to you and you don't even know it.All you do is pay taxes....dis people have their lands being taken away by dos dirty politicians because their believe they have the power to do it.This Hawaiian family is you unless you want to see a road going nezt to your bedroom,on top of your roof,by your dog's house.Get up and help this family!!!
Hasn't living in the New York City Metropolitan area taught you on how not to be a putz? Nice pidgeon lingo bird brain.

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