Published: Sat, January 28, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Mark Zuckerberg Drops Lawsuit Against Hundreds Over Traditional Land

Mark Zuckerberg Drops Lawsuit Against Hundreds Over Traditional Land

"Based on feedback from the local community, we are reconsidering the quiet title process and discussing how to move forward", Zuckerberg said in a statement.

Kuleana lands are especially important, law professor Kapua Sproat explained to the Guardian, because native Hawaiians view land as an "ancestor" or family member, rather than as a possession.

Zuckerberg-controlled companies filed eight so-called quiet title lawsuits in a Kauai court on December 30 requesting the forced sales at public auction to the highest bidder.

The move puts an end to the latest incident to arise between Zuckerberg and his neighbors, who have been less than thrilled with the decision the billionaire has been making ever since he purchased his 700-plus acre property for $200million back in 2014.

Some Hawaiians, to a certain degree, defended Zuckerberg for trying to compensate people for their land that they may not have even known they owned.

The 14 parcels mostly belong to Native Hawaiian families awarded the land during the mid-19th century, when private property was established in Hawaii.

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In fact, as it was reported in a previous article, one of the biggest controversies regarding Mark Zuckerberg is the changes that he made on Facebook a year ago, allowing him to run the company even if he was absent from a long period of time. Let's remind Zuckerberg that, in Hawaii, we approach each other with aloha and talk story first.

According to Buzzfeed, Zuckerberg hired a former White House photographer to take his pictures during the tour, included a clause about potentially serving for office into Facebook's stock restructuring deal, and hired a former presidential campaign manager to help his charitable works.

Hart is encouraging people who attend the march to blow conch shells and bang drums in peaceful protest. Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing introduced a bill to change the law on quiet title suits. "We will continue to speak with community leaders that represent different groups, including native Hawaiians and environmentalists, to find the best path", he wrote in the open letter. Now that I understand the issues better, it's clear we made a mistake, ' he wrote in his op-ed.

One parcel of land within Zuckerberg's estate, roughly three-quarters of an acre, recently went on the market for $7.5m.

Zuckerberg stated that no native Hawaiian will actually be forced to leave their lands, adding that most of the native will be receiving an amount of money they never thought they even possessed to begin with.

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