Kahuku Village family served eviction papersUPDATED 6:52 PM HST Oct 11, 2013Video Transcript
Anxiety and turmoil today in Kahuku Village as a longtime family was served eviction papers. Good evening, I'm Pamela Young, in for Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji De Nies. A family who says it has called Kahuku home for the past four generations, may be forced to leave. Continental Pacific says it rightfully owns the land, but the family's attorney disputes that claim. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has our top story at 6. Yunji, Pam... The Eugenio family is fighting to hang on to the only home they've ever known. But Continental Pacific says it gave the family every chance to become homeowners. Moving is hard enough, but when you don't want to go, well that's down right painful. LYNN MAINAAUPO- EUGENIO: "WHEN I CAME HOME I SAW HALF OF MY STUFF OUT OF THE HOUSE, AND I GOT VERY HYSTERICAL. I WAS WORRIED MY KIDS' ANIMALS, MY GOAT AND MY DOGS." The Eugenio family says it has called Kahuku Village home for the past four generations. But a dispute with landowner Continental Pacific resulted in the federal bankruptcy court in Honolulu issuing an eviction order Aug. 1. Friday morning that order was served by a team of security guards, with movers on hand. The Eugenios claim the men identified themselves as deputy sheriffs. AUDRA EUGENIO: "I ASKED HIM IF HE WAS A SHERIFF, AND HE SAID, 'YEAH, HE WAS A SHERIFF." LYNN MAINAAUPO EUGENIO: "AND I SAID, 'WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING IS WRONG TO ME AND MY FAMILY. WE'VE BEEN HERE FOR GENERATIONS.' AND HOW CAN THEY DO THAT, IT WAS PROMISED TO US TO GET THE LAND." The Eugenio's attorney was able to keep the family from being evicted, at least for now. ANTHONY LOCRICCHIO: "THEY HAD PRETENDED THEY WERE THE SHERIFFS, AND ONCE YOU PRETEND TO BE A STATE OFFICIAL AND YOU'RE NOT, THAT'S A CRIMINAL ACT." LEX SMITH: "I WASN'T THERE, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT MR. LOCRICCHIO THREATENED TO SUE HIM AND SO HE BACKED DOWN AND DIDN'T ENFORCE THE WRIT." In May, 2011 Continental Pacific offered longtime families the chance to purchase their properties for $150,000. Fifteen Kahuku Villagers accepted the offer, but the Eugenios were among those who did not. ANTHONY LOCRICCHIO: "THE HOUSE BELONG'S TO THE EUGENIOS. THEY PURCHASED IT UNDER THE CAMPBELL ESTATE FORMER SUGAR PLANTATION FOR $1 DOLLAR." Continental Pacific disputes that claim and says it is the rightful owners of both the house and the land it sits on. LEX SMITH: "IT WAS SOLD SUBJECT TO A MONTH-TO- MONTH LEASE IN FAVOR OF THE KAHUKU VILLAGE ASSOCIATION. THEY KAHUKU VILLAGE ASSOCIATION LEASE WAS TERMINATED IN 2011, AND CONTINENAL PACIFIC ENTERED MONTH-TO- MONTH LEASES WITH EACH OF THE RESIDENTS OUT THERE." Continental Pacific terminated its lease with the Eugenios in February of last year, but the family refuses to go. LYNN MAINAAUPO- EUGENIO: "MY KIDS COULDN'T FOCUS IN SCHOOL, THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL CAUSE THEY WAS WORRIED THAT SOMEBODY'S GOING TO COME AND TAKE EVERYTHING." Continental Pacific says nine other families are facing eviction for various reasons. The Eugenio's attorney says he will go back court to fight the eviction. Andrew Pereira, KITV4 News.