418 P.3d 671 (Hawaii 2018), SCAP-16-0000508, The Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd.
|Citation:||418 P.3d 671, 142 Hawaii 330|
|Party Name:||THE MALULANI GROUP, LIMITED fka Magoon Brothers, Ltd., a Hawaii corporation, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. KAUPO RANCH, LTD., a Hawaii corporation, Defendant-Appellant, and Heirs and/or Devisees of Hamole aka Marie Hamole et al., Defendants-Appellees.|
|Attorney:||Joachim P. Cox, Robert K. Fricke, Kamala S. Haake, Cox Fricke LLP, Honolulu, for Plaintiff-Appellee. Brian R. Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins, Wailuku, for Defendant-Appellant.|
|Judge Panel:||Recktenwald, C.J., McKenna, Pollack, and Wilson, JJ., and Circuit Judge Crandall, in place of Nakayama, J., recused)|
|Case Date:||May 21, 2018|
|Court:||Supreme Court of Hawai'i|
This decision has been designated as "Unpublished disposition." in the Pacific Reporter. See HI R RAP RULE 35
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT (CAAP-16-0000508; CIV. NO. 08-1-0501(3) )
Joachim P. Cox, Robert K. Fricke, Kamala S. Haake, Cox Fricke LLP, Honolulu, for Plaintiff-Appellee.
Brian R. Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins, Wailuku, for Defendant-Appellant.
Recktenwald, C.J., McKenna, Pollack, and Wilson, JJ., and Circuit Judge Crandall, in place of Nakayama, J., recused)
SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER
On interlocutory appeal, Defendant-Appellee Kaupo Ranch, Ltd. (Kaupo Ranch or the Ranch) challenges the Circuit Court of the Second Circuits June 8, 2016 "Order Granting Plaintiffs Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Filed April 28, 2016." The circuit court granted partial summary judgment to Plaintiff-Appellee The Malulani Group (Malulani Group or the Group) on remand from a decision by the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) in Malulani Groups favor on two issues relating to the existence of an implied easement from a landlocked parcel on Maui to the nearest road. See Malulani Grp., Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., 133 Hawaii 425, 329 P.3d 330 (App. 2014). The parcel1 is owned by the Malulani Group. The easement would run across property owned by the Ranch. We accepted transfer of Kaupo Ranchs interlocutory appeal of the grant of partial summary judgment to Malulani. We affirm the circuit courts grant of partial summary judgment on remand. Id. at 436, 329 P.3d at 341
The ICAs decision involved two issues. First, Kaupo Ranch had argued that only private ownership of the parcels prior to severance can satisfy the first element of an implied easement, not government ownership. In a case of first impression in Hawaii, the ICA held...
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