Zuckerberg's decision came after an initial story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last week that was first to publicly disclose and detail one of the eight lawsuits.
But this peace-making attempt appeared to fail, and led hundreds in Kauai to plan a march for Friday to protest the lawsuits as well as a six-foot wall Zuckerberg placed around the property. "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". These kuleana parcels, originally awarded to residents of Hawaii by Hawaiian government officials under the Kuleana Act of 1850, are all within the 700 acres Zuckerberg purchased two years ago for around $100 million.
Some Hawaiians, to a certain degree, defended Zuckerberg for trying to compensate people for their land that they may not have even known they owned. "No one will be forced off the land".
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". Kuleana lands are properties that were granted to native Hawaiians in the mid-1800s. Now that I understand the issues better, it's clear we made a mistake, ' he wrote in his op-ed.
"We love Kaua'i and we want to be good members of the community for the long term", he concluded.
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Locals, as well as Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing, expressed their discontent regarding Zuckerberg's plans.
The cases target a dozen small plots of "kuleana" lands that are inside the much larger property that Zuckerberg bought on Kauai.
Neighbors of Zuckerberg like Hart have said the Facebook CEO's security team has used intimidation tactics to keep them off the public beaches and trails that intertwine with Zuckerberg's mostly undeveloped property.
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.