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Maui Officials Respond
to Sale of Lana’i

Updated 07:48 AM HST, June 21, 2012
Posted 04:06 PM HST, June 20, 2012

Lana'i file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa was among the Maui officials who responded today to news of the recently confirmed sale of the island of Lana’i by releasing a statement this afternoon.

He first thanked longtime majority owner David Murdock of Castle & Cooke saying:

“First of all I would just like to say how it has been an honor and a privilege to work with Mr. Murdock. His compassion for the people of Lana`i is to be admired and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Senator J. Kalani English (District 6- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Kaho‘olawe) responded with similar sentiment saying:

“First and foremost I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Murdock for his efforts in sustaining the island over these past two decades. His compassion and commitment the community of Lana‘i have not gone unnoticed.”

Governor Neil Abercrombie earlier today confirmed the island transaction from Castle & Cooke to Oracle Corporation co-founder and chief executive officer, Lawrence Ellison for an undisclosed price.

While the governor expressed positive sentiment over the new owner, Mayor Arakawa reserved judgement one way or the other, providing the following statement:

“In terms of the new buyer we can only say that we look forward to meeting Mr. Ellison and hope that by working together with him and the state that we may be able to do good things for Lana`i and its people.”

Sen. English also expressed hopes in learning more about Ellison’s plans saying:

“I look forward to new ownership under Lawrence Ellison and I am interested in learning more about his vision. I also look forward to the transition in owners and to a healthy and vibrant Lana‘i community once again.”

As word of the potential sale circulated this week, many with ties to the island expressed concerns over potential impacts on the island and lack of community input in the process.

Sen. English said:

“Over the past year, the uncertainty of the potential sale has left many on the island and in the state concerned about its impact on residents. With this stated, I am pleased to hear of the sale between Castle & Cooke and Lawrence Ellison.” 

The County of Maui owns 195.98 acres in Lana`i with the assessed value of $7,939,700 and leases 21.43 acres from Castle & Cooke with the assessed value of $7,848,000.

Castle & Cook’s David Murdock, meantime, owns 97-98% of the island’s 141 square miles. Various media reports leading up to the sale had placed a price tag of the island in the ballpark of $600 million; but the sale price from today’s PUC filing was not disclosed.

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  • Lord Haw-Haw.

    One wonders how Hawaiian National officials respond to the so-called “sale” of Lana’i? Such responses are perhaps censored by the agenda setting mainstream media to use an Al Gore turn of expression lest their be “An Inconvenient Truth.” 

    At a time like this when people are asking “What now for Lana’i?” it is well to recall the words of the late local boy from Hawai’i nei, the late but great Chief Justice William Shaw Richardson renowned for his integrity in matters of truth:

     “Certainly the Hawaiians were the losers in the process, and they now inhabit their own islands with almost nothing in the way of land and resources.”

  • Trinidadwilliams

    The 21.43 acres leased from Castle & Cooke house’s what facilities … seems less much than the city size itself – is it the medical hospital-clinic ~ equipment yard ~ utilities plants ~ or is it the commercial harbor facilities?
    I’m assuming Castle & Cooke has been the primary employer for the residents on the island …

    I’m definitely interest in submitting my application to a much needed coordinator for information cohesiveness toward dynamic interaction between the visionary parties to planned sustaining growth of Maui County’s holdings !

  • walter

    who did sanford b. dole buy or pay 1. million dollars to. on the initial purchase of the island of lanai?

  • palani

    It would be interesting to see real proof of the real perferct title which the kingdom of hawaii would not allow to be sold. 

    • Lord Haw-Haw.

      Under the Laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom the Crown Lands were not part of the Government Lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Crown Lands were made inalienable by an Act on January 3, 1865 under the Laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom making these lands, quote: “shall be henceforth inalienable.” What is inalienable cannot be bought, sold, transferred, or disposed of. The Crown Lands were always kept separate, served a different purpose, and were administered differently. The Organic Act of 1900 of the so-called “Territory” of Hawaii making the Crown Lands alienable is a fraud.

      There are a number of online resources available:

      (1) “The Lana’i Community Plan 1993,” gives the total Land area at the time of the 1848 Mahele at 89,305 acres. The Lana’i Government Lands at 48,640 acres, and the Crown Lands at 40,665 acres. There is bountiful historical data on Lana’i almost poetic but worthy of reviewing.

      (2) “Lana’i Land Conveyances (1845 – 1961): Summary and excerpts from the records of the Bureau of Conveyances.” Is helpful in piecing together the jigsaw.

      (3) The Act of January 3, 1865 making the Crown Lands inalienable is online, in  Galt v Waianuhea, (page 657) of “Hawaiian Reports: Cases decided in the Supreme Court of the Territory of Hawaii,” it reads: The Act of January 3, 1865 took control of the Crown Lands out of the King and put it in the hands of Crown Commissioners, and further provided that these lands “shall be henceforth inalienable,” and this was done for the purpose among other reasons “of maintaining the Royal state and dignity.” Hawaiian Nationals and their legal heirs have never consented or signed the transfer of their Royal Patents to anyone.

      (4) If you Google: “Disappeared news, Lanai land sale” there are two informative recent articles with helpful links and a map of the Lana’i Crown Lands from the 1848 Government cartography survey. Lana’i was extensively surveyed in 1876 – 1877 and you can view the results online: “Island of Lana’i: Surveys and proceedings of the Boundary Commission in the years 1876 to 1891.” Finally, “History of Royal Patent Land Grants on Crown and Government Lands of Lana’i.” when juxtaposed with the above resources gives you greater transparency on the issue.

      E kala mai for the lengthy response to your query friend… Aloha and have a great day!

  • Ignacio

    LordHawHaw if you read this contact me at nachoqueso1@aol.com. Would like to discuss some things with you. Thanks.

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