(BIVN) – During last week’s Windward Planning Commission approval of a State Land Use Boundary Amendment and a Change Of Zone application for a planned development in Puʻueo by the Edmund C. Olson Trust, a strange land parcel to the north came under discussion.
The commission said it received correspondence from Warren Inouye regarding a “parcel 24”. County planner Christian Kay said there is nobody living on the property and it appears to be landlocked.
“Mr. Inouye claims that there is legal access from Amaʻulu to this property, as well as from Wainaku to this property,” Kay said. “And has asked us to kind of agree with that and condition that access be made available. All of the research that we’ve done has not been able to find legal access to that lot from either of those places. He references the tax map. There are roads on the map that are showing old plantation roads, but nothing that showed any kind of legal access.”
In addition, Kay said “we haven’t been able to find that he has any ownership interest in parcel 24. He is a legal representative of one of the owners who owns a small portion. There’s several owners who own interest in that parcel. There were several quick claim deeds that we were able to find that showed people deeding over a portion of their property to Mr. Inouye. However, the people who were deeding over that property – it was shown that they didn’t actually own an interest in that portion.”
“That’s a civil matter between the owners of that lot and and the Olsens,” Kay said, “so at this point we couldn’t make a determination from our side and left it up to them to work that out.”
According to Olson Trust planning consultant Sidney Fuke, the development will provide the opportunity, should the adjoining property owner develop something, “to have it connected and eventually provide access to that area.”
According to Dwight Vicente, who often testifies at public hearings, all land ownership claims are suspect. “I’ve heard false statements made,” Vicente said. “I haven’t seen any proof that C. Brewer owned the lands. C. Brewer is here under treaty and the 1875 treaty – that we called a Reciprocity Treaty – was not signed by King Kalakaua, nor was signed by the US Presidents. American plantation business being here was illegal. And they were only leasing the lands. How did it turn from lease to own? And those lands are Crown lands, you cannot sell those lands. So, that statement about they own the land and now Ed Olson owns land, is fraudulent. There’s no document that shows it, and there’s no documents showing the Kingdom doesn’t exist. The Kingdom didn’t disappear, it’s still here.”