The laws concerning this matter are clear, and the judge needs to adhere to those laws. Sol should have thought of the possible financial consequences before trying to sidestep the rules in the first place. His lawyer claims that the plaintiffs have “produced no evidence whatsoever” that Kaho‘ohalahala was not a Lāna‘i resident. Actually, that proof came in the form of Sol’s own admission that he had been living on Maui for some time. It was reported several times in the papers over the past year or so.
As for the council’s own dilemma, if certain decisions are deemed suspect and a backlog is created, whose fault is that? Every other member on that council should have demanded Kaho‘ohalahala’s immediate forfeiture several months ago, when the state Supreme Court ruled against him. And if it’s going to cost a ton of money to fix all that, it shouldn’t come out of the taxpayers’ pockets. The situation should never have been allowed to happen in the first place, let alone go as far as it has now.
This dog-and-pony show, along with all the controversy surrounding another council member’s questionable financial dealings, should prove to every voter in this county that it’s time to get beyond name recognition and cast our ballots for some real change. We need new faces and new approaches to the problems that are facing us. It’s time to send the message that “politics as usual” isn’t acceptable anymore.