Saturday, October 25, 2008
The Honolulu Advertiser brings news of evictions of residents from state land on the north shore of Oahu. We hear another lesson in what we might call legal realism:
Each family is being evicted for various reasons, said Ervin Kahala, who was told in 2000 that he would get a lease, but earlier this year learned that a new interpretation of the law forbids the state from issuing new leases even though he grew up in the valley and has ancestral ties to it.
"I'm not prejudiced but (the state) is using white man's law as an excuse," Kahala said.