But as it turned out, several pieces of the land within those 700 acres were actually what's known as "kuleana lands".
Zuckerberg's decision to drop the suits comes on the eve of a protest that his neighbors had planned to take place at the six-foot wall he erected a year ago, along part of his 700-acre estate on Kauai. This type of legal action is common in Hawaii, according to the Adviser, but critics say it has reduced Native Hawaiian landownership. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has built a six-foot wall around his 700-acre estate on the island.
The owners received their land through the Kuleana Act, a landmark Hawaiian law established in 1850 that gave natives the right to own the land that they lived on. Prior to the act, Hawaiians did not have private land ownership.
In a response to Buzzfeed News on Tuesday, the Facebook CEO said he's "focused on building community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberberg Initiative", referring to his company he founded with his wife Pricilla Chan, to "advance human potential and prompt equal opportunity". We want to make this right, talk with the community, and find a better approach.
Hart is encouraging people who attend the march to blow conch shells and bang drums in peaceful protest.
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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. Crowder said Zuckerberg wanted to know about the role churches played in the recovery, and he was also curious about how congregations of different denominations worked together.
In his open letter on Friday, Zuckerberg expressed regret for filing the so-called "quiet title action" lawsuits, which require defendants to take on expensive litigation costs in court. Now that I understand the issues better, it's clear we made a mistake, ' he wrote in his op-ed.
However, while a source close to the social CEO has also ruled out a bid for the Oval Office, they told BuzzFeed that Zuckerberg was planning to get involved in politics.
"The right path is to sit down and discuss how to best move forward", Zuckerberg said in his letter. Many not even are aware they have a share were liable to be paid.
Zuckerberg added that he wants to assure before going forward that he respects the centuries old traditions of the natives, to help safeguard the environment, and to help protects the interests of current land owners.