KAWA BAY, Hawaii: Today will apparently be the day in which Abel Simeona Lui – known to some as the Konohiki of Kawa – gets his wish to speak to Mayor Billy Kenoi.
In January, we spoke to Lui on his makeshift homestead by the side of Highway 11. Lui has been protesting against the public open space purchase of these lands by the county, which he says are his by allodial right, and says it was given to his great-great-grandfather Timoteo Keawe by way of a royal land grant. What began as a vigil has become a stay lasting over two years.
The Kenoi administration told Nancy Cook Lauer of West Hawaii Today that officials would be meeting with Lui this week. A judge granted eviction orders against Lui nearly four months ago, but the administration has not enforced the decision. At a recent talk story in Naalehu, the mayor was pressured by the community to act on the eviction of Lui.
Sources say the administration would be meeting with Lui and his friends at 2 pm on April 17th, although that time has not been officially confirmed with government officials.