Honolulu law firm to hold public informational meeting on Honolulu Rail Transit

Honolulu law firm Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert invites property owners, both businesses and residents, whose rights may be impacted by the Honolulu rail project to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., at the Farrington High School cafeteria, located at 1564 N. King Street. The meeting will cover the rights of owners whose property may be impacted or affected by the rail project by HART (the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit), including eminent domain, the valuation process, relocation benefits, and more. It will also include information specific to the rights of landlords, tenants and business owners.

Mark Murakami and Robert Thomas, Damon Key attorneys, will lead the town hall-style meeting. Murakami and Thomas have both been listed in the publications Best Lawyers’ in America and Hawaii Super Lawyers, as well as in Honolulu Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Hawaii in the Eminent Domain and Condemnation category.  They currently represent several property owners in rail takings by HART, and both have many years of experience defending property owners and their rights.

Following the presentation, time will be dedicated to general questions, although individual consultations will not be available during this meeting. Light refreshments will be served and free onsite parking is available. To reserve space, email Robert at rht@hawaiilawyer.com or Mark at mmm@hawaiilawyer.com, or call 808-531-8031.

“We know that there are serious misconceptions among some property owners when it comes to how eminent domain law works in Hawaii,” said Mark Murakami. “It’s important that businesses and residents with property targeted for acquisition along the Honolulu rail route are aware of their rights under the law and the constitution, and how to protect them.”

“In the first step of the process to acquire needed property, HART will attempt to purchase property and other rights through negotiation with owners,” added Thomas. “But if an agreement on compensation and damages cannot be reached, HART has the authority to force immediate surrender of the property by filing an eminent domain lawsuit against the owner, which paves the way for a jury or a judge to determine the property’s value. Landowners along the route have substantial rights that may be impacted.”

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