Kawaiahao Church (courtesy www.kawaiahao.org)
Kawaiahao Church (courtesy www.kawaiahao.org)

BY ROBERT THOMAS – In Hall v. Dep’t of Land and Nat. Resources, No. 12-0000061 (Dec. 14, 2012), the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals held that a development proposed by the historic Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu is not exempt from historic preservation review, and the state should have required the preparation of an archeological inventory survey prior to the State Historical Preservation Department’s check off on the project.

The ICA analyzed the case under the tests set out in the Hawaii Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka, 283 P.3d 60 (2012), in which the court held that archaelogical review, if required, must come before agency approval.

More to follow.

See the case here:

Hall v. Dep’t of Land and Nat. Resources, No. CAAP-12-0000061 (Haw. App. Dec. 14, 2012)



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Robert H. Thomas is one of the preeminent land use lawyers in Hawaii. He specializes in land use issues including regulatory takings, eminent domain, water rights, and voting rights cases. He has tried cases and appeals in Hawaii, California, and the federal courts. Robert received his LLM, with honors, from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his JD from the University of Hawaii School of Law where he served as editor of the Law Review. Robert taught law at the University of Santa Clara School of Law, and was an exam grader and screener for the California Committee of Bar Examiners. He currently serves as the Chair of the Condemnation Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on State & Local Government Law. He is the Hawaii member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a national network of the most experienced eminent domain and property rights lawyers. Membership in OCA is by invitation only, and is limited to a single attorney from each state. Robert is also the Managing Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation Hawaii Center, a non-profit legal foundation dedicated to protecting property rights and individual liberties. Reach him at rht@hawaiilawyer.com He is also a frequent speaker on land use and eminent domain issues in Hawaii and nationwide. For a list of upcoming events and speaking engagements.