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December 02, 2009


I own a beachfront property which has been in my family's hands since it was purchased in 1865 from Crown Princess Victoria Kamamalu Ka'ahumanu, a granddaughter of King Kamehameha I. I understand that at the time my family bought the land from her, the parcel being part of an entire ahupua'a which was acquired at the same time, the seaward boundary of the property was at the outer edges of the reef. The reason being that an ahupua'a's konohiki needed access to and control of food resources that the reef provided. I believe it was in the 1960's that the State of Hawaii determined that the coastal waters were owned by it which, I would think, constitutes a taking without compensation. However, I'm not sure that the concept of compensation for such takings was as legally defined back then as it is now. Plus, I'd guess that the statute of limitations has long expired in this issue.

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