Kahuku villagers secure reprieve from evictionUPDATED 7:04 PM HST Sep 17, 2013Video Transcript
help they needed.. A Florida-based company wanted them out, but today a district court judge allowed three Kahuku families to remain in their homes. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has the story .. Andrew... how long can these families stay? Well Kenny, Yunji ... the families can remain in their longtime homes until a trial determines what happens next. :17 :35 :51 :59 1:09 1:15 1:33 2:04 "BARKING DOG" Life in Kahuku Village moves at a slower pace. But when Continental Pacific purchased the village from Campbell Estate in 2006, change was fast- forwarded. An upside down "welcome" sign shows how some villagers now feel. GLEN MAGHANOY: "THAT WHATEVER'S HAPPENING IN KAHUKU, IT'S A SIGN OF DISTRESS." On Tuesday, that anguish moved to District Court as Continental Pacific tried to evict three families from their homes. The trigger... rent payments to a court-controlled trust fund that WERE delinquent. KEN LAU: "THEY'RE LATE JUDGE, THE WRIT WAS ISSUED. WE SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO PROCEED WITH OUR EXECUTION OF THE WRIT." Months of uncertainty were soon replaced by spontaneous joy as Judge Gerald Kibe granted a temporary restraining order, allowing the families to stay. STELLA MULIVAI: "I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD GO YOU KNOW. SO, I'M VERY ELATED TODAY WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT." SUZETTE GRAYCOCHEA: "I WAS SCARED BECAUSE I HAVE A LARGE FAMILY. I HAVE SEVEN BOYS AND ME AND MY HUSBAND, AND WE ONLY KNOW KAHUKU." ANDREW PEREIRA: "HOWEVER THAT WORRY AND ANGST IS NOT YET OVER, KAHUKU VILLAGERS FACING EVICTION WILL NOW GO TO TRIAL." ANTHONY LOCRICCHIO: "WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE NOW TO ARGUE ALL OF THE REASONS THAT THESE EVICTIONS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED." However, Continental Pacific says However, Continental Pacific says Kahuku Villagers were offered every opportunity to remain in their homes, which included an offer to purchase lots below market value. LEX SMITH: "EACH OF THESE PEOPLE WAS OFFERED THEIR HOME FOR $150,000 THEY CHOSE ON THE ADVICE OF THEIR ATTORNEY TO TURN THAT DOWN. THEIR HOUSES ARE NOW ALL LISTED ON THE MARKET FROM THE RANGE OF $400,000." Villagers who refused to purchase their homes say the $150,000 price tag was actually hundreds of thousands of dollars more because of necessary infrastructure improvements. There are also allegations Continental Pacific was less than transparent, which the company strongly denies. NOELANI TAIPIN: "THEY'RE TELLING US TO SIGN DOCUMENTS THAT WE CAN'T EVEN READ. I MEAN NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SIGN A DOCUMENT WITHOUT READING IT." LEX SMITH: "THEY SAY A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT THERE WERE EXTRA COSTS INVOLVED AND THINGS. BUT, OBVIOUSLY OTHER BUYERS ARE INTERESTED AT MUCH HIGHER PRICES." A total of 15 Kahuku Villagers will now have their day in court. Continental Pacific says 13 villagers accepted the company's offer to purchase their homes. Yunji, Kenny... back to you.