Native Hawaiians Sue City Over Haleiwa Park Sale

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UPDATED 8/15/12 9:15 a.m.

One month after a Haleiwa community group filed suit against the City and County of Honolulu for allegedly mishandling the proposed sale of Haleiwa Regional Park, two Native Hawaiians have filed their own case against the city.

The contentious deal — which will be decided by auction between former state senator and local developer D.G. “Andy” Anderson and Kamehameha Schools — has come under intense scrutiny in recent months. The most vocal critics are members of the Save Haleiwa Beach Park Coalition, which sued the city last month in an attempt to block the sale.

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation filed the new lawsuit on Monday on behalf of Bryan Amona and Gabriel Kahaulelio, Native Hawaiians who frequent the park for recreational purposes, according to the lawsuit. They also visit the parkland to maintain it.

The list of defendants includes Anderson's Basin Project, Inc., which in September 2010 proposed developing a "boutique hotel" on the six land parcels that make up the park.

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