The state of Hawai‘i has won a major preliminary battle in its years-long effort to condemn a parcel of vacant land at Ma`alaea Harbor that it has leased, at sky-high rates, since 1994.
At a hearing April 27, 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo determined that the value the state would have to pay to condemn the land would be based on the value of the land only, and not the land plus whatever rent remains to be paid for the term of the lease (which runs through 2024).
The lease dates back to September 1994, when . . .
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