Public Access Trails Hawaii and the State of Hawaii continued to present evidence Monday through Wednesday this week in the Haleakala Trail case, which is being held in Judge Cardoza’s courtroom on the fourth floor of the State Courthouse in Wailuku.
The Maui News reported about the ongoing trial in yesterday’s paper: “Researcher says Haleakala Trail historically public.” (The article may be viewed here or at mauinews.com)
Below is a brief summary of the trial this week, and the upcoming schedule:
On Monday, Moana Rowland, the title abstractor for the State of Hawaii’s Na Ala Hele Trail and Access Program, testified about Hawaii’s unique history of usage, custom and laws, going all the way back to the King Kamehameha I, and how that related to the public use and government ownership of Haleakala Trail. She gave her opinion that Haleakala Trail was owned by the State of Hawaii.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Richard Stevens, Ph.D., PATH’s historian and trail research expert, returned to give additional testimony explaining the history of Haleakala Trail from the early 1800s through the 1900s, including presenting testimony and evidence regarding two separate governmental public works projects that improved Haleakala Trail — one done by the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1889 and the other done by the Territory of Hawaii in 1905. (Dr. Stevens had earlier issued his opinion regarding public use of Haleakala Trail and the government’s improvements of Haleakala Trail, which may be reviewed here.)
In his concluding testimony, Dr. Stevens referred to a November 4, 1905 Maui News article announcing opening of the Haleakala Trail as improved by the Territory of Hawaii. (Click on the photo below to see this news article.)
Trial will recommence next Monday, April 14, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. It will be the eleventh day of trial. Once Public Access Trails Hawaii and the State of Hawaii rest their case, it is expected that Haleakala Ranch Company will present its case. After both sides have rested on their evidence, the parties will give closing arguments to the jury. The trial, which is open to the public, is ordinarily being held Monday through Wednesday of each week until its conclusion.
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