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Kahana Valley meeting postponed

Lilikala Kameeleihiwa Lilikala Kameeleihiwa

By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There are new developments in the state's move to evict 6 families from Kahana Valley. State Land Director Laura Thielen attempted to meet with families Thursday. A prominent Hawaiian group is now calling for the Governor's immediate resignation.

Officials with the state land department said a private meeting Thursday between the state land board chair Laura Thielen, and the 6 families didn't happen because too many of the family members were either sick or working.

Thielen says she is willing to meet with the families Friday, Saturday or Sunday if need be, to stop what DLNR says is the spreading of bad information.

Meanwhile on the UH Manoa campus, members of the center for Hawaiian Studies held a rally in support of the families.

They say the state should be looking for ways to put Hawaiian's back on ancestral lands, not removing them.

"We Hawaiians have been in Kahana for 100 generations," said Lilikala Kameeleihiwa. "And laura Thielen has been here for two generations. Who is she to evict Hawaiians. This is our land and these people are living peacefully on the land and they're willing to take a lease, and they're willing to do things for the people of Hawaii, but they are not willing to be evicted".

Kame'eleihiwa says as the person who oversees the state land department, the buck stops with Governor.

"The governor decides who's going to be evicted or not, added Kameeleihiwa. "Governor Lingle has the power and we're asking her to please stop evicting Hawaiians."

The state land department says it won't take any action this weekend, and remains hopeful the families will meet with Thielen.

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