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2014 Oral Arguments Recordings Archive


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No. SCWC-13-0000182, Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
KILAKILA `O HALEAKALA, Petitioner/Plaintiff/Appellant-Appellant, vs. UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I and THOMAS M. APPLE, in his official capacity as Chancellor of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa; BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, WILLIAM AILA, in his official capacity as the Interim Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources; and DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, Respondents/Defendants/Appellees-Appellees.

No. SCWC-13-0000785 Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 10 a.m.
FETU KOLIO, Petitioner/Appellant/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. HAWAI`I PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY, Respondent/Appellee/Defendant-Appellee.

No. SCAP-14-0000843, Thursday December 18, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
REPRESENTATIVE BOB MCDERMOTT, GARRET HASHIMOTO, WILLIAM E.K. KUMIA, and DAVID ANGDON, Respondents/Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. GOVERNOR NEIL ABERCROMBIE and LINDA ROSEN, DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, STATE OF HAWAI`I, Petitioners/Defendants-Appellees.

No. SCWC-10-0000102, Thurday, December 4, 2014, 10 a.m. (Held at Mililani High School)
NORMAN SAMSON and FRANCINE SAMSON, Individually, and as Guardians Prochein Ami of KU`ULEILANI SAMSON, a Minor, Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. NOLA ANN NAHULU, Respondent/Defendant-Appellee.

No. SCWC-13-0000069, Monday, November 24, 2014, 1 p.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. IKAIKA REED, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-13-0000703, Monday, November 24, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
GENE WONG, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee, vs. HAWAIIAN AIRLINES, INC., Respondent/Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant.

No. SCWC-30485, Monday, November 24, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
CLARENCE O. FURUYA AND LONA LUM FURUYA, Petitioners-Respondents/Plaintiffs-Appellees/Cross-Appellants, vs. ASSOCIATION OF APARTMENT OWNERS OF PACIFIC MONARCH, INC.; JAMES DOZIER; GRETA WITHERS; ELWIN STEMIG; FOIL CRAVER; KAZUO SAWADA, Respondents-Petitioners/Defendants-Appellants/Cross-Appellees.

No. SCWC-12-0000266, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
MARK C. KELLBERG, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. CHRISTOPHER J. YUEN, in his capacity as Planning Director, County of Hawai`i, and COUNTY OF HAWAI`I, Petitioners/Defendants-Appellees.

No. SCAP-13-0002896, Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10 a.m.
IN THE MATTER OF THE TAX APPEAL OF TRAVELOCITY.COM, LP, Petitioners/Appellees-Cross-Appellants, vs. DIRECTOR OF TAXATION, STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Appellant-Cross-Appellee.

Nos. SCWC-30444, SCWC-30568, and SCWC-10-0000166 Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
(SCWC-30444) STATE OF HAWAI`I, CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU; et al., Respondents/Complainants-Appellees-Appellees, vs. DAYTON NAKANELUA, State Director, et al., Petitioners/Respondents-Appellants-Appellants and HAWAI`I LABOR RELATIONS BOARD; et al., Respondents/Agency-Appellees-Appellees.

(SCWC-30568) UNITED PUBLIC WORKERS, et al., Petitioner/Union-Appellee, Cross-Appellant, vs. STATE OF HAWAI`I; THE JUDICIARY; et al., Respondents/Employers-Appellants, Cross-Appellees, and CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU (2009-044), Respondent/Employer-Appellee.

(SCWC-10-0000166) STATE OF HAWAI`I, CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU; et al., Respondents/Complainants-Appellees-Appellees, vs. DAYTON NAKANELUA, State Director, et al., Petitioners/Respondents-Appellants-Appellants, and HAWAI`I LABOR RELATIONS BOARD; et al., Respondents/Agency-Appellees-Appellees.

No. SCWC-12-0001114, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 10 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. LAST KONY, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-30700, Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
GERARDO DENNIS PATRICKSON; et al., Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. DOLE FOOD COMPANY, INC.; et al., Respondents/Defendants-Appellees, and JOHN DOES 1-10; JANE DOES 1-10; DOE PARTNERSHIPS 1-10; and DOE CORPORATIONS 1-10, Defendants. DOLE FOOD COMPANY, INC., Defendant/Third-Party Plaintiff- Appellees, vs. DEAD SEA BROMINE CO., LTD and BROMINE COMPOUNDS LIMITED, Third-Party Defendants-Appellees

CAAP-13-0000531, Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

CAAP-13-0000531 – (Consolidated with CAAP-13-0000551 as the Personal Representative, and Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. State of Hawaii, CAAP-13–0000615)

William A. Arthur, Sr., Individually, and The Estate of Mona Arthur thru William A. Arthur Sr., as the Personal Representative, Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Kamehameha

Investment Corporation, Design Partners Inc., Coastal Construction Co., Inc., Association of Kalawahine Streamside Association, Sato and Associates, Inc., Daniel S. Miyasato, Inc., Defendants-Appellees, and John and Mary Does 1-50, Doe Partnerships 1-50, Doe Corporations 1-50, and other Doe Entities 1-50, Defendants.

Kamehameha Investment Corporation, State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Third-Party Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. Kiewit Pacific Co., Third-Party Defendant-Appellee. Kiewit Pacific Co., Fourth-Party Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. Pacific Fence, Inc., Fourth-Party Defendant-Appellant, and John Does 1-5, Doe Corporations 1-5, Doe Partnerships 1-5, Roe Non-Profit Organizations 1-5, and Roe Governmental Agencies 1-5, Fourth-Party Defendants.

No. SCWC-12-0000858, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. YONG SHIK WON, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-13-0000059, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 10 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. EDDIE A. GARCIA, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-13-0000137, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
THOMAS NISHIMURA, COLETTE NISHIMURA, individually and on Behalf of a Class of All Persons Similarly Situated, Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. GENTRY HOMES, LTD., a Hawai?i Domestic Profit Corporation, Respondent/Defendant-Appellant and SIMPSON MANUFACTURING CO., INC., a Delaware Corporation; SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY, INC., a California Corporation; JOHN and JANE DOES 1-100, DOE PARTNERSHIPS 1-100; DOE CORPORATIONS 1-100; DOE GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES 1-100; and DOE ASSOCIATIONS 1-100, Defendants.

No. SCWC-11-0000594, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
JASON KAWAKAMI, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee, vs. KAHALA HOTEL INVESTORS, LLC, dba KAHALA HOTEL AND RESORT, Respondent/Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant.

No. SCWC-30109, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. RANGIE B. ALANGCAS, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-12-0000984, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. TOI NOFOA, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-12-0000962, Thursday, August 7, 2014, 8:45 a.m. (Amended 06/18/14)

STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. LETITIA HARTER, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-30286 , Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
GARY W. RODRIGUES, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. UNITED PUBLIC WORKERS, AFSCME LOCAL 646, AFL-CIO, Respondent/Defendant-Appellee

No. SCWC-11-0000350, Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:15 a.m.
NORDIC PCL CONSTRUCTION, INC., fka NORDIC CONSTRUCTION, LTD., Respondent/Claimant/Counterclaim Respondent-Appellant, vs. LPIHGC, LLC, Petitioner/Respondent/Counterclaimant-Appellee.

CAAP-12-0000583, Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
State of Hawaii, Plaintiff-Appellee vs. Tyrone Smith, Jr., Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-30475, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 8:45 a.m. (Amended 04/28/14)
KA`UPULEHU LAND LLC, a Hawaii limited liability company, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. HEIRS AND ASSIGNS OF PAHAKULA (k); et al., Respondents-Appellants.

No. SCAP-13-0000091, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
DW AINA LE`A DEVELOPMENT, LLC, Respondent/Co-Petitioner-Appellant-Appellee, vs. BRIDGE AINA LE`A, LLC., Respondent/Co-Petitioner-Appellant-Appellee, and STATE OF HAWAI`I LAND USE COMMISSION, Petitioner/Appellee-Appellant, and STATE OF HAWAI`I OFFICE OF PLANNING, COUNTY OF HAWAII PLANNING AGENCY, Respondents/Appellees (CIV. NO. 11-1-112K), and BRIDGE AINA LE`A, LLC., Respondent/Appellant-Appellee, vs. STATE OF HAWAI`I LAND USE COMMISSION, Respondent/Appellee-Appellant, and STATE OF HAWAI`I OFFICE OF PLANNING and COUNTY OF HAWAI`I, Respondents/Appellees, and DW AINA LE`A DEVELOPMENT, LLC., Respondent/Appellee-Appellant (CIV. NO. 11-1-0969-05).

No. SCWC-12-0000806, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10 a.m.
SUSAN P. GORDON, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. IRA GORDON, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

CAAP-12-0000778 and CAAP-12-0000868 (Consolidated), Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9 a.m.
NOEL MADAMBA CONTRACTING LLC, Movant/Cross-Respondent-Appellant vs. RAMON ROMERO and CASSIE ROMERO, Respondents/Cross-Petitioners-Appellees, and A&B GREEN BUILDING LLC, Cross-Respondent-Appellee.

No. SCWC-13-0000022, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:45 a.m. (Amended 05/12/14)
EDEN L. PANADO, Petitioner/Appellant-Appellant, vs. BOARD OF TRUSTEES EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Appellee-Appellee.

No. SCWC-29036, Monday, May 12, 2014, 8:45 a.m. (Amended 03/28/14)
BENJAMIN PAUL KEKONA and TAMAE M. KEKONA, Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. MICHAEL BORNEMANN, M.D., Respondent/Defendant-Appellant, and PAZ FENG ABASTILLAS, also known as PAZ A. RICHTER; ROBERT A. SMITH, personally; ROBERT A. SMITH, Attorney at Law, a Law Corporation; STANDARD MANAGEMENT, INC.; U.S. BANCORP MORTGAGE COMPANY, an Oregon company; Respondents/Defendants.

No. SCWC-30172, Monday, May 12, 2014, 10 a.m.
CUC THI NGO, ANGELO NGUYEN, ANTHONY NGUYEN, AN VAN NGUYEN, and LEO YOUNG, ESQ., in his capacity as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jennifer Giao Nguyen, Deceased, Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellants, vs. THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER, a Hawai?i Domestic Nonprofit Corporation; THINH T. NGUYEN, M.D.; THE EMERGENCY GROUP, INC., Respondents/Defendants-Appellees.

No. SCWC-28958, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
C. BREWER AND COMPANY, LTD., Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. JAMES RIVER INSURANCE COMPANY, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellee; and INDUSTRIAL INDEMNITY COMPANY; INDUSTRIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF HAWAII, LTD; NATIONAL UNION FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY OF PITTSBURGH; et al., Respondents/Defendants-Appellees; and STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Third-Party Plaintiff-Cross-Appellant, vs. MARSH USA, INC., Respondent/Third-Party Defendant-Appellee; and KEHALANI HOLDINGS COMPANY, INC., Respondent/Third-Party Plaintiff-Cross-Appellant, vs. UNITED NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY; COMMONWEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY; et al., Respondents/Third-Party Appellees.

No. SCWC-10-0000150, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10 a.m.
GEOFFREY MOLFINO, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. CHRISTOPHER J. YUEN, in his capacity as Planning Director, County of Hawai`i; COUNTY OF HAWAI?I; JOHN DOES 1-10; JANE DOES 1-10; DOE PARTNERSHIPS 1-10; DOE CORPORATIONS 1-10; DOE GOVERNMENTAL UNITS 1-10; and DOE ENTITIES 1-10, Respondents/Defendants-Appellees.

CAAP-13-0000182, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9 a.m.
KILAKILA `O HALEAKALA, Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I, and THOMAS M. APPLE, in his official capacity as Chancellor of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, WILLIAM AILA, in his official capacity as the Interim Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, and DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, Defendants-Appellees.

CAAP-12-0000138, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10 a.m.
State of Hawaii, Plaintiff-Appellee vs. Christopher J.A. Ramos, Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-11-0000661, Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. (Amended 03/13/14)
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. STANLEY K. HUIHUI, JR., Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-12-0000819, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
KRISHNA NARAYAN; SHERRIE NARAYAN; VIRENDRA NATH; NANCY MAKOWSKI; KEITH MACDONALD, as Co-Trustee for the DKM Trust Dated October 7, 2011; SIMON YOO; SUMIYO SAKAGUCHI; SUSAN RENTON, as Trustee for the Renton Family Trust Dated 12/3/09; STEPHEN XIANG PANG; FAYE WU LIU; MASSY MEHDIPOUR, as Trustee for Massy Mehdipour Trust Dated June 21, 2006, G. NICHOLAS SMITH; TRISTINE SMITH; RITZ 1303 RE, LLC, a Colorado Limited Liability Company; and BRADLEY CHAFFEE, as Trustee of the Charles V. Chaffee BRC Stock Trust Dated 12/1/99 and the Clifford W. Chaffee BRC Stock Trust dated 1/4/98, Petitioners/Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. THE RITZ-CARLTON DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC.; THE RITZ-CARLTON MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC; JOHN ALBERT; EDGAR GUM, Respondents/Defendants-Appellants, and MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL INC.; MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO., INC.; EXCLUSIVE RESORTS, LLC; KAPALUA BAY LLC; ASSOCIATION OF APARTMENT OWNERS OF KAPALUA BAY CONDOMINIUM; CAROLINE PETERS BELSOM; CATHY ROSS; ROBERT PARSONS; RYAN CHURCHILL; THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL COMPANY, LLC; MARRIOTT VACATIONS WORLDWIDE, CORPORATION; MARRIOTT OWNERSHIP RESORTS, INC.; MARRIOTT TWO FLAGS, LP; MH KAPALUA VENTURE LLC; MLP KB PARTNER LLC; KAPALUA BAY HOLDINGS, LLC; ER KAPALUA INVESTORS FUND, LLC; ER KAPALUA INVESTORS FUND HOLDINGS, LLC; EXCLUSIVE RESORTS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC; and EXCLUSIVE RESORTS CLUB I HOLDINGS, LLC, Respondents/Defendants.

No. SCWC-12-0000020, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:15 a.m. (2nd Amended 02-27-14)
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Petitioner/Plaintiff- Appellee, vs. LINCOLN PHILLIPS, Respondent/ Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-10-0000173 Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Petitioner/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. LAWRENCE DEMELLO, JR., Respondent/Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-11-0001074, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
SANDRA C.J. BALOGH, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellant, vs. DONALD RAYMOND BALOGH, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellee.

CAAP-12-0000728, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 10 a.m.
In the Matter of the Tax Appeal of KAHEAWA WIND POWER, LLC, Taxpayer-Appellant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant, vs. COUNTY OF MAUI, Appellee-Appellant/Cross-Appellee.

No. SCWC-12-0000007, Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
STATE OF HAWAI`I, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. PAUL C. K. KAEO, Petitioner/ Defendant-Appellant.

No. SCWC-11-0000460, Thursday, January 9, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
In the Matter of Attorney’s Fees Pertaining to JOHN C. MCLAREN, Petitioner/Appellant, in the case of ETSUKO FURUKAWA, Claimant, vs. PARADISE INN HAWAI`I LLC, Employer, and FIRST SECURITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF HAWAI?I, INC., Insurance Carrier.