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Kahana residents facing Monday eviction beg state for more time

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Armed with homemade signs, Kahana Valley residents facing eviction Monday arrived at a state land board meeting Friday to beg for more time. A law prevents dozens of people from continuing to stay in their long-time residences at Kahana State Park.

With time running out, a group of Kahana Valley residents makes a desperate plea outside the state Department of Land and Natural Resources headquarters.

"We got signatures here," Ervin Kahala, Kahana Valley resident, told state land chair Laura Thielen. "All we asking you is stop the eviction."

Six families who have lived in the valley for generations received eviction notices, giving them until 6 am Monday to clear out.

"What don't you understand?" Kahala asked. "You wrote this. You can stop it."

"I understand, but we are not in agreement," Thielen replied.

With law enforcement officers keeping watch, Thielen tells the families, under current law, the state can't issue new residential leases at Kahana State Park.

"We're the people of the land," Lena Soliven, Kahana Valley resident, said through tears. "We're not squatters. We never just go over there, go live on the land. We've been there. My grandfather was raised there."

With no luck at the DLNR building, some protestors take their message to the street, while others march to the Capitol. Those facing eviction ask to see Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, and are told it may take two weeks to get an appointment.

"We're going to be on the beach in two weeks, sistah," Kahala told a staff member.

Aiona's deputy chief of staff meets with the group behind closed doors.

The residents say about 40 adults and children will be homeless come Monday.

"Time is all we ask," Kahala said. "That's all."

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