Hawaii high court convenes in high school gym

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Supreme Court convened for the first time in West Hawaii, using a high school gym as a courtroom to hear arguments in a case over maintaining county records.

West Hawaii Today reports the justices met Tuesday at Kealakehe High School to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit alleging Hawaii County failed to maintain accurate property records.

Geoffrey Molfino bought and sold a 49-acre parcel land and appealed lower court rulings that said the county isn't obligated to maintain records.

His attorney, Peter Esser, argued the county should take "reasonable care" to maintain records.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Laureen Martin argued that creating a legal duty to preserve records opens the county up to liability.

It's not certain when the court will issue a ruling.

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