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Protesters set to gather at border wall - of Mark Zuckerberg's Hawaiian estate

28 January 2017

Last week, Zuckerberg's lawyer Keoni Shultz told CNBC, "It is common in Hawaii to have small parcels of land within the boundaries of a larger tract, and for the title to these smaller parcels to have become broken or clouded over time".

At the time, Forbes Magazine described the estate as a "secluded" property for Zuckerberg's family.

The news is a win for natives, who planned to protest the lawsuits this weekend, according to Business Insider. "Quiet title actions are the standard and prescribed process to identify all potential co-owners, determine ownership, and ensure that, if there are other co-owners, each receives appropriate value for their ownership share".

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has done a complete about face, revealing he will no longer be pursuing legal action in a bid to obtain parcels of land near his Hawaiian home that were given to native families close to 200 years ago.

Zuckerberg reportedly spent $100 million to purchase the property, according to CBC.

Under the Kuleana Act of 1850, those lands are also passed down to people who now only own fractions of an interest in the property.

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Mark Zuckerberg has stated he is actively "reconsidering" his earlier decision to sue several families in Hawaii whose ancestral properties fall within his huge 700-acre estate in the island. The complaints targeted 13 parcels that are mostly one acre in size or smaller and are known as kuleana lands, which give every owner rights that include access to the property and water as well as residential use.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has chose to backtrack on his decision to sue hundreds of native Hawaiians, which would have likely forced the families to sell their land at a public court auction to the highest bidder.

In a statement to local media, Ing said: "The people's voice can and will overcome big money and celebrity-even against the fifth richest man in the world". Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing introduced a bill to change the law on quiet title suits.

"The right path is to sit down and discuss how to best move forward", he and Chan wrote.

Zuckerberg has realised that pushing natives off their land is so 19th century and that it might cast him in the same light as General Custer, or the bad guy in the new Disney flick Moana. "We will continue to speak with community leaders that represent different groups, including native Hawaiians and environmentalists, to find the best path". "We want to be good members of the community and preserve the land for generations to come".

Protesters set to gather at border wall - of Mark Zuckerberg's Hawaiian estate