ATC Makena N Golf LLC v. Kaiama, 012121 HIICA, CAAP-20-0000723

Docket NºCAAP-20-0000723
Party NameATC MAKENA N GOLF LLC, ATC MAKENA S GOLF LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND SF1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF2 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF3 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND CI LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND U1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND Bl LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF4 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND SF2 LLC, and ATC MAKENA LAND AH1 LLC, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. AZIZI K. KAIAMA, ROYAL H...
Judge PanelGinoza, Chief Judge, Hiraoka and Wadsworth, JJ.
Case DateJanuary 21, 2021

ATC MAKENA N GOLF LLC, ATC MAKENA S GOLF LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND SF1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF2 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF3 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND CI LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND U1 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND Bl LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND MF4 LLC, ATC MAKENA LAND SF2 LLC, and ATC MAKENA LAND AH1 LLC, Plaintiffs-Appellees,

v.

AZIZI K. KAIAMA, ROYAL HEIR, Defendant-Appellant,

and

DOES 1 - 100, Defendants

No. CAAP-20-0000723

Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawaii

January 21, 2021

NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST'S HAWAII REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT (CASE NO. 2CCV-20-0000099(3))

Ginoza, Chief Judge, Hiraoka and Wadsworth, JJ.

ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO DISMISS APPEAL FOR LACK OF APPELLATE JURISDICTION

Upon consideration of the December 9, 2020 Motion to Dismiss Appeal for Lack of Appellate Jurisdiction by Plaintiffs-Appellees ATC Makena N Golf LLC, et al., the papers in support, and the record, it appears we lack appellate jurisdiction over self-represented Defendant-Appellant Azizi K. Kaiama's appeal from the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (circuit court) October 8, 2020 Order for Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs because the circuit court has not yet entered a final, appealable judgment in the underlying case, Civil No. 2CCV-20-0000099.

An aggrieved party cannot obtain appellate review of a circuit court's interlocutory orders in a civil case, under Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) § 641-1(a) (2016), until the circuit court has reduced its dispositive rulings to an appealable, final judgment under Rule 58 or Rule 54 (b) of the Hawai'i Rules of Civil Procedure (HRCP). See Jenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright, 76 Hawai'i 115, 119, 869 P.2d 1334, 1338 (1994). The circuit court has not yet entered an appealable, final judgment.

The Order for Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs does not gualify for an exception to the final-judgment requirement under the Forgay doctrine or HRS § 641-1(b). See Ciesla v. Reddish, 78 Hawai'i 18, 20, 889 P.2d 702, 704 (1995) (requirements for appeals under the Forgay doctrine); HRS § 641-1(b) (requirements for leave to file an interlocutory appeal). The order is not appealable under the collateral-order doctrine because it does not direct payment of the sanction amount on any particular date and, thus, is not immediately enforceable through contempt proceedings. See Harada v. Ellis, 60 Haw....

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