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Judge rules in favor of the Kulani Correctional Facility on Hawaii Island.


Ohana Ho’opakele wanted to stop the reopening of the prison.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.


Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara has granted the Department of Public Safety’s request for a summary judgment against Ohana Ho’opakele, a Hawaiian group who sued to stop the reopening of the Kulani minimum security prison about 20 miles southwest of Hilo.  In effect, "the ruling dismisses the lawsuit."  The group wanted to have a pu’uhonua or place of refuge or healing at the site, instead of a prison.  The group argued that the state’s environmental assessment didn’t consider a pu’uhonua.  The group also added that the state had not implemented Act 117, which directed the Department of Public Safety to work with Ohana Ho’opakele and other groups to establish a place of refuge at Kulani unless a better site could be found.  Judge Hara had previously denied Ohana Ho’opakele’s motions for a summary and an injunction to stop the prison’s reopening.  Ohana Ho’opakele President Ralph Palikapu Dedman accused DPS director Ted Sakai of "overuse of the term "kapuna"…to escape what he should be addressing."  Dedman told reporter Burnett that Ohana Ho’opakele would be willing to meet with DPS about what they think should be done in creating a pu’uhonua at the Kulani facility.  Aloha, Russ.


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