Also by whining he is basically advocating disrespecting the law of the land. Auwe! Of course I would not want anyone to be homeless but as stated above... he knew what the conditions were. Now he is worried about himself. Typical of many people. Egocentric but if everyone violated the law then we would have disorder. That is, we have laws to put order in a world of disorder but as usual some people have to disrespect it and this also epitomizes how many people disrespect the Hawaiian culture... and its people because the "owners" of the land that they are trying to steal are owned by... you guessed it... HAWAIIANS.
I say... Justice for Hawaiians just like Justice for EVERYONE. Unfortunately many people like to condone stepping on the rights of Hawaiians in order to have a home. Like Ken Conklin. He and others like him need to learn something very simple. That is, Hawaiians have rights too!
Also his implication that he was in the Navy and that he shouldn't be homeless implies that he is better than Hawaiians. Many of whom are homeless in their own land! Auwe!:
We didn't buy to be homeless
My wife and I are among the thousands of O'ahu homeowners who will be impacted by a move to eliminate lease-to-fee conversion in condominiums. We purchased our 800-square-foot Wahiawa townhouse in May of last year. Our complex, Hidden Valley Estates near 'Iliahi Elementary School, is one of the many leasehold condo units on O'ahu (roughly 250 buildings with 23,000 leaseholders).
When we purchased, we were hopeful the 1991 law allowing leasehold conversion would eventually allow us to purchase the land under our unit. In fact, I was originally against purchasing our unit until I learned that the local association was negotiating with the lessors. This land has nothing to do with the Queen's Trust but was a parcel of land which is now divided up among 14 owners. Negotiations still continue more than a year later.
Now we find ourselves in the middle of a heated and controversial debate, with some accusing leaseholders of trying to "steal" the land. During a recent City Council hearing, one speaker said if leaseholders are evicted when their leases expire, they could find refuge in a homeless shelter. I did not serve my country for 24 years in the Navy to find myself in a homeless shelter.
My wife and I are saddened and somewhat perplexed by the renewed discussions about an antiquated leasehold system. The courts of Hawai'i and our nation have consistently upheld the constitutionality and public purpose of Hawai'i's fee conversion laws. I wasn't here decades ago, but my research shows that many single-family homeowners in communities like Hawai'i Kai and Kailua were able to buy their lots as a result of the Land Reform Act.
The city in 1991 basically extended that right to condo owners, opening up a path to home ownership, which is the dream of every individual. Now we feel as if the rug is being pulled out from under us. Fueling this debate are stories about how some people made big bucks after buying their fee and selling the property. Then again, there are also stories about how well some of Hawai'i's biggest landowners have done through investments with the money they made from mandatory lease-to-fee sales.
There's no big money in our story. I'm originally from California, of Filipino and Mexican descent. My wife is Filipina and after retiring from the service, we settled in Hawai'i to be close to her family and friends. We couldn't afford the half-million-dollar condos in town, so we purchased our place for $95,000. It's small compared to what we were used to in the Navy, but it's ours and we would like to one day purchase and own the land. Eleven of the 161 condo owners in Hidden Valley Estates have converted so far, but as I previously mentioned, negotiations still continue with the other 14 land owners.
The bill that's making its way through the City Council would stop that conversion process for me and my neighbors, along with thousands of others. Many of us are just trying to make it in high-priced Hawai'i without having to deal with expired leases, huge rent hikes and, after decades of paying a mortgage and property taxes, our only reward is a trip to a homeless shelter.
E. "Duke" Ram’rez Duque
President, Hidden Valley Estates board of directors