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Kahuku Village residents gear up for more trials against Florida developer

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Anthony Locricchio Anthony Locricchio
Molia Salanoa Molia Salanoa
KAHUKU -

Piles of court papers litter the dining room of Anthony Locricchio's Kailua home.  Many are in a manila folders, divided by sticky notes.  You can barely see the dining room table.  Even the chairs have stacks of papers.   Locricchio is the attorney representing 31 Kahuku Village families in 15 separate trials.

"I've been practicing law now for over 50 years," says Locricchio.  "What is happening to these people is the worst thing I've seen in all my 50 years."

The families are battling Continental Pacific, a real estate development company, based in  Florida.  The business bought the village land from the Estate of James Campbell in 2006.   In 2011, the families were offered to buy the land and homes for $75,000 each, but the price soon doubled.  According to Locricchio, it was because Continental Pacific was going to pay for infrastructure improvements and an archeological study after burial sites were found.

"Broken promises," says Molia Salanoa, who lives in a home right across the street from the Kahuku Golf Course. 

Salanoa says he got an eviction notice in February after he refused to buy the property, 'as-is'.  He says he wanted the improvements made first. 

"They really have no care for us," says Salanoa, whose case goes to trail next week. 

Kahuku Village was the sugar plantation and families have lived here for generations. 

"They already evicted an 80-year old lady," says Salanoa.  He says he will keep fighting, until Continental Pacific 'makes good' on their promises.

Earlier this month, a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring evictions by the landowners.  Salanoa says that helps and he is now focusing on the trial. 

Hawaii News Now did try to contact the attorney representing Continental Pacific, but we were told he was traveling today and we were unable to speak to him.

 

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