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Hawaiian Homestead Attack

Vanna Naeole Vanna Naeole
Attack victim William Naeole with daughter Vanna Attack victim William Naeole with daughter Vanna
Baby born with dislocated hip Baby born with dislocated hip
Sarah Kaiwi Sarah Kaiwi
Penny Kawamoto Penny Kawamoto

By Mari-Ela David

WAIANAE (KHNL) -- A Waianae family wants justice after a tense relationship with their neighbor turns violent. The neighborhood brawl happened in March but Honolulu Police did not make arrests until Tuesday.

Police charged 25-year-old Lopaka Ceno with two counts of assault, and his friend, 28 year old Eugene Kostron with four counts of assault.

Neighbors say Ceno's family lives on Kaneilio Street.  We asked to speak with them but they refused to comment.

KHNL did speak with the Naeole family, who live across the street.

They say they were having a family party in their front yard when Ceno and Kostron hit William Naeole with a beer bottle and knocked him unconscious.

William's daughter, Vanna, says she was punched in the stomach several times during the brawl. She was pregnant at the time.

"I lost all my teeth, bust all my teeth out," says William Naeole.

"Once I gave birth to her they told me she was born with DDH, which is dislocated hip. They can't really prove that it was or that it wasn't but it can't be ruled out," says Vanna Naeole.

Vanna's two-month-old daughter has to wear a brace until her hip heals back into place.

The Naeole family says the tension started a year ago, when they moved into the neighborhood. They say they're not sure what sparked the dispute.

The Naeole's say they just want the trouble to stop, especially now with the new addition to their family.

The neighborhood is on Hawaiian Homestead land. One of their rules is no violence. The Naeole family says Hawaiian Homestead offered to move them to another home, but the family says, they're the victims and shouldn't be the ones to pack up and go.

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands says its objective is not to kick people out, but rather build and help Hawaiians move into new homes. They say they evict tenants who do not pay rent and enforce a zero tolerance policy for drugs.

Hawaiian families living in the Hawaiian Homes subdivision in Waimanalo appreciate their properties.

"Its a privilege because I never did own a home first time never dreamed," says Homestead resident Sarah Kaiwi.

Adam and Sarah Kaiwi waited their whole lives for a lot. They get along with everyone and can't imagine neighbors turning on each other.

"I wouldn't imagine that I can't imagine people doing cruel so cruel," says Kaiwi.

For many, news about the former Waimanalo family attacked in their Waianae homestead is troubling.

"That is terrible I can't believe that happened, can't they get another homestead?" asks homestead resident Penny Kawamoto.

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands doesn't offer back up properties, rather they encourage residents to settle their disputes.

Residents here say violence among Hawaiian neighbors should not be tolerated.

"I think they should get them out or at least give them a warning about what's going on tell them this can't be happening," says Kawamoto.

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