dglobalnews.com Zuckerberg rethinks Hawaiian land grab
Published: Sat, January 28, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Zuckerberg rethinks Hawaiian land grab

Zuckerberg rethinks Hawaiian land grab

"Upon reflection, I regret that I did not take the time to fully understand the quiet title process and its history before we moved ahead", he wrote. At the center of the lawsuits is a roughly 700-acre piece of land on Kauai's north shore, which is broken up into more than a dozen separate parcels.

After the Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported on the lawsuits, Zuckerberg took to his own Facebook page to defend himself, calling the media coverage "misleading".

Some neighbors planned to march on Zuckerberg's property in protest on Saturday, according to Business Insider.

"To find a better path forward, we are dropping our quiet title actions and will work together with the community on a new approach", he continued. So, Zuck, the sixth richest person in the world, launched a series of quiet title and partition lawsuits to identify some of the land owners, which were ultimately aimed at forcing the owners to sell their land. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has built a six-foot wall around his 700-acre estate on the island.

Hawaiian law also allows for what's known as "adverse possession", a legal concept that makes anyone who has used land without interference for at least 20 years that land's owner.

In Hawaii, this can apparently be hard, given that many parcels of land have been passed down through multiple generations and a number of descendants can claim ownership.

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Zuckerberg made a statement afterwards in which he said that due to the criticism and disapproval he had received from several within the local community, he will be reconsidering this matter.

Although he explained that he won´t be running for president, The Telegraph explained that when he was asked whether he was willing to start a political career in the future, Mark Zuckerberg didn't answer the question, which might suggest that even when it wouldn't be in the next four years, the Facebook CEO might become a well-known politician in the future.

The families now own just eight of the 700 acres belonging to the Facebook founder, but the Kuleana Act allows any direct family member of a parcel's original owner the right to enter the property.

"We got to tell him that right after the explosion, people in town just automatically turned to the church for help", said Crowder. Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing introduced a bill to change the law on quiet title suits.

"The right path is to sit down and discuss how to best move forward", Zuckerberg said in his letter.

Last week, Zuckerberg insisted that "For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had".

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