Kaohi: Uncle Abel Simeone Lui has lived at Kawaa, on the Ka'u Coast.

Abel Simeone Lui has lived at Kawaa, on the Ka’u Coast, for decades in a simple, self-built home. Even though the area is mostly lava and the climate is near-desert, he grows food for himself and for others, through ancestral methods of directing the myriad grooves on the lava that formed miniature water channels to pockets of soil in low spots in the lava. He’s planted bananas and avocados, papayas, awa, pumpkins, gourds, taro, and more.

"All my stuff, I give away," he says. "I love what I’m doing. I live on the land. I greet the people. I tell them about this place. I’m proof that you can live out here and survive."

For years, he patrolled Kawaa Beach to remove trash, put up and maintained outhouses for visitors to the popular surfing spot. He says it’s his kuleana (responsibility) to look steward this land, which was given to his ancestors in a royal grant.

Uncle Abel and Kawa'a has been under siege for decades. Developer Ed Olson is trying to acquire Kawa'a using a clouded title; calling Abel’s Native Tenants claim to Kawa'a "frivolous"; and repeatedly attempted to forcibly remove the entire ohana (family) and all who live there.  Problem is, the land was never for sale!  Abel's great-great-grandfather, Timoteo Keawe, got the land in a royal grant (Helu 993 and 1530), and that under kingdom law, it could be leased but never sold. In addition to his right as a Native Tenant, the Allodial Title "Codifies" a constitutionally protected Native Hawaiian Act (See State of Hawaii v. Hanapi case) and that Olson’s claim is dismissible based on a Constitutional Rights Violation based on Allodial and Cultural stewardship and restoration.  The local Police Department has what they call a "No Continuum" policy which means they do not have a policy for arrest or handcuffing, leaving it up to the officer to decide when to use excessive force----which may be why one Hawaiian man with "Native Tenant Rights" got tazered three times and why the women were physically assaulted for being on their own land. Worse yet, the local police force were NOT even accredited at the time of incident!   That means the Hawaiians are dealing with a non-accredited police force in a non certified local government, amounting to what could be described as a "Militia".

Because the forgery was allowed by a State of Hawaii Judge and every act by a judge is an act by the State, the State of Hawaii is guilty of violating the "Conditions of Statehood" and the Admissions Act which states: "The State of Hawaii must uphold their Judicial responsibility to the Hawaiian People to protect their culture and religion so that the Hawaiians DO NOT DIMINISH"...

Please sign this petition to support the rights of an indigenous Hawaiian man, Abel Lui, and his family, to their land and home.  If you are able to make a donation towards attorney fees or if you know of a pro bono attorney who will represent Uncle Abel, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/abel.simeonalui

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Aloha kakou.

                          E Kaohi have you done any research into precisely how Abel Lui claims entitlement to allodial rights for Helu 993 and 1530? This is crucial in defining his status. Ms. Shelley Stevens has represented the Lui 'ohana on the issue and it can be noted from the minutes of the Hawai'i County Board meeting of August 11, 2008 last that clouded Title remains over many lands in that district. As Timoteo Keawe was granted Palapala Sila 993 & 1530 what is Abel Lui's 'ohana connection? Here is an updated media article for your guidance:



hi Andrew,

just posted this at the above link:

12:05 am - June 27, 2012 — Updated: 12:05 am - June 27, 2012

Residents push Kawa eviction


Stephens Media

Abel Simeone Lui has lived at Kawa through three mayoral administrations.

Despite recent court orders establishing the county’s ownership of the property and denying Lui’s appeals of those orders, Mayor Billy Kenoi hasn’t ordered Lui evicted, nor has the Hawaii County Police Department or the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office enforced the court’s wishes. The lack of action has some Ka‘u residents wondering whether the inaction is political, particularly as the mayoral primary approaches.

“Absolutely,” it is political, rancher Kyle Soares said Tuesday morning.

Soares has been fighting with Lui for years to access a water easement on the Kawa property. Soares uses the waterline for the cattle he raises in Ka‘u. Soares claims Lui and his supporters have harassed and threatened him and his family, and even attacked his wife when she was taking children across the property to the coastline.

Now, Soares said, the county’s property manager has told Soares he should not access the easement to repair the waterline, because it runs through conservation land.

Kenoi, asked for an update Monday, said he was unaware of any comment from a county official to Soares about the water easement. Kenoi said the county continues to work with descendants on a management plan for the property.

Some longtime Ka‘u residents are ready to see the county take action, because they’re tired of not being able to access the bay.

“Abel (does) not belong to Ka‘u,” Pele Hanoa said Tuesday. “He (doesn’t) belong to Kawa.”

Hanoa — born and raised at Punaluu, which neighbors Kawa, and known for her work supporting the region’s preservation — said people should be able to access the property on which Lui has squatted for decades.

“The county should get him out of there,” she said.

Many Hawaiian families with long ties to the land have also expressed their concerns to Ka‘u Councilwoman Brittany Smart about Lui’s continued presence, and claim he continues to block access, she added.

“Many of them feel threatened when they go down there,” Smart said. “All sides should abide by the court decision.”

Mayoral candidates Council Chairman Dominic Yagong and former Mayor Harry Kim said they would enforce the court order, if elected.

Kim said he met with Lui when he was mayor and told Lui when the sale went through, Lui would no longer be allowed to live on the property. Kim said the sale began during his final term, but was not completed.

Lui, who did not respond to attempts to reach him, has previously denied blocking access. He claims his great-great-grandfather, Timoteo Keawe, got the land in a royal grant and that under kingdom law, it could be leased but never sold.

But the state Supreme Court in 2007, in an 83-page opinion, ruled the Apikis — another Native Hawaiian family that traces its roots six generations to a Kawa Bay fishing village — and other families had no ownership interest in the land.

Hawaii County purchased the land, worth an estimated $6 million, to preserve it as open space.

The most recent court action was late last year, when 3rd District Court Judge Joseph P. Florendo denied Lui’s appeal of Florendo’s June 2011 ruling granting the county preliminary authority to remove Lui and his supporters from the land.

Several County Council members, including one seeking to replace Kenoi as county mayor, joined Ka‘u residents in questioning why the county hasn’t taken action on the eviction.

“The real question is whether or not the mayor has the authority not to act on the court order,” Yagong said. “I don’t think the mayor has that authority.”

Smart said the issue is difficult and divisive, and it’s a rare situation in which there is no middle ground. She said she waited for the court to rule on the matter, and now that a ruling has been handed down, the county should move ahead with evicting Lui.

The county isn’t in violation of the court order, Deputy Corporation Counsel Laureen Martin told Stephens Media, after Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida passed the inquiry to Martin. Two court procedures relate to the property, one for the land Hawaii County purchased, the other for land the Edmund Olson Trust purchased. The Olson Trust writ of possession gives the authority to eject Lui from the property, but neither order requires Lui to be removed.

The Olson Trust’s lawyers have requested, at Hawaii County officials’ requests, extensions to implementing that order. That is “appropriate and relatively common” to do, Martin said. In March, Martin said Thursday, the county had what it needs to move forward with eviction actions, but she was awaiting a go-ahead from the administration to do so.

Kenoi said family members with ties to the land at a recent meeting suggested more descendants of Kawa to consult with the county at a meeting two weeks from now. He said he wants as much input as possible, so when the management plan is finally put together, it’s done just one time.

“We’re trying to find the right solution,” he said. “We’ll take as much time as we need.”

Email Erin Miller at emiller@westhawaiitoday.com.


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  • Abel Lui and family have been given a Protective Order because they have re-entered their own families lands; furthermore, they are helping to take care of our families interests.......and who are we?  we are Kamehameha's descendants on Oahu who were sued by the State of Hawaii over the Crown Lands.......the point being that the Kamehameha's exists and the PERMANENT Treaty signed by the President is in place whether you or anybody likes it......Treaties supersedes State Law, etc.

    Conspirators, treasonous persons supported by the U.S., England, and the Morgan bankers (includes the Bank of England) are documented also.............a neutral, non-violent friendly nation criminally assumed by Pirates of the Pacific and Pirates on the High Seas is a danger for all........add the wrongful PLUNDERING UPON INNOCENTS over time is not O.K.

    The Hawaiian Kingdom did go "underground" but is here operating........many nations are watching..........our Ano Alodio/Alodio system continues on.........

    For other kanaka maoli interested in maintaining your tutu's lands, see instructions on how by viewing the latest issues of the IOLANI - The Royal Hawk at theiolani.blogspot.com



Wow Andrew read the comments too, unbelievable to the contrary...I hear the same arguments with all the houseless here in Waianae.  The genealogies of the past is the past and make pretty good scrap booking.  Let the guy stay there and die on the aina that's what we have come down to here in Waianae Hawaiian Homestead.  These are sad times to see many people especially elderly that are bedridden being kicked to the curb.  

At least Abel Lui is out there planting on the aina.  

This updated media article is encircling the target with malice! 


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