Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians to Force Them Off His 700-Acre Estate

Ghuncha Shaheed
Jan 19, 2017
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In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg had broken the internet when he bought 700 acres of land in Hawaii for his private home. He purchased the land in Kauai for $100 million. It has been almost three years so one can imagine the frustration the Facebook CEO is feeling when he finds out he still does not have exclusive rights to this 700-acre secluded island.

Zuckerberg is now ensuring that the properties scattered around his estate are first identified and then compensated for. But for that, he has called upon a Hawaii’s “quiet title” law which allows for the rightful ownership of land to be decided in front of the court rather than just plain tradition.

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A Brief History of the Hawaiian Law

In the 1850s, the Hawaiian monarchy enabled direct transfer and private ownership of land called the Ku Leanna land. Kuleana lands were parcels of lands which could be bought by owners and then passed down to their future generations without any legal consents.

“It is common in Hawaii to have small parcels of land within the boundaries of a larger tract, and for the title to these smaller parcels to have become broken or clouded over time. In some cases, co-owners may not even be aware of their interests. Quiet title actions are the standard and prescribed process to identify all potential co-owners, determine ownership, and ensure that, if there are other co-owners, each receives appropriate value for their ownership share,” explained Keoni Shultz from Cades Schutte LLP, the firm that is representing Zuckerberg.

So one single acre of land could possibly be partly owned by different Hawaiians. Same goes for Zuckerberg’s estate. We just are not sure who really has the shares to his estate but for them to be identified is a daunting task. Zuckerberg has not been sitting idle in the last three years. He had his team conduct genealogical research in the area and identify a few of the owners of his estate so he could have some names in this lawsuit against them.

This doesn’t mean that Mark won’t be paying those who have a right to the property. Reports say that the lawsuit will help him identify and compensate people to make sure that titles are transferred to him to help him create a private sanctuary for his family.

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