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Zuckerberg devours another large piece of Hawaii beachfront
Photo illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyMark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan nearly doubled their controversial land holdings in Hawaii after buying nearly 600 acres in Kauai from a nonprofit for $ 53 million in Deeds first by Pacific Business News reported includes three parcels, including the secluded north waterfront known as Larsen’s Beach. The road to the beach was not included in the sale and the public still has access. Zuckerberg’s other Hawaii estate is also in front of a public beach, but as The Daily Beast has reported, it’s accessed by a single labyrinthine road. The couple bought the property from a nonprofit organization called Waioli Corporation, which was dedicated to the preservation of historic sites and land.The property was founded by the Wilcoxes, an ancient Hawaiian missionary family from the 1840s. It is known as’ Lepeuli ahupua’a ‘and is home to several’ reef, sea, bird, flora and historical collections in their unchanged natural habitat. ” We know this land will remain in their trustworthy hands, and that Mark and Priscilla will serve as the responsible administrator of Lepeuli now and in the future, “Sam Pratt, president of Waioli Corp., told Pacific Business News in a statement. How to Get to Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaii Beach But in the past, some Hawaiians have struggled with Zuckerberg’s stewardship. After the Facebook CEO bought his first Hawaiian property in 2015 – a 700-acre pr also on Kauai – he struggled with the many families who owned smaller lots on the property. These residents were “Kamaaina families,” or Hawaiian descendants who had inherited the land without a formal deed or will. In response, Zuckerberg filed several lawsuits to evict the families by forcing them to sell their land at a public auction. He later dropped the complaints and apologized with a comment in the island’s newspaper. However, others later accused him of hiring a local professor named Carlos Andrade to continue the fight on his behalf and used a Zuckerberg-owned Shell company to file separate lawsuits. Tuckerberg has denied involvement in Andrade’s lawsuit. A spokesman told Newsweek at the time, “Mark is not suing local Hawaiians and no one has been evicted from the country. In early 2017, Mark withdrew as a plaintiff to clarify ownership of the land he had purchased in Kauai. “Still, the legal saga outraged local Hawaiians and viewers elsewhere. “This is the face of neocolonialism,” Professor Kapua Sproat of the University of Hawaii told The Guardian at the time. A Change.org petition, “Stop Mark Zuckerberg Colonizing Kauai,” launched last summer has garnered more than a million signatures to date. On their most recent purchase, Chan and Zuckerberg tried to underscore that they currently have no plans for evictions. The land is currently leased to a ranch called Paradise Ranch. “Waioli is doing important work to promote the protection and preservation of culture, and we are aware of their legacy regarding this land,” Chan and Zuckerberg said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “We are committed to complying with the current ranch lease agreement for Paradise Ranch and expanding our existing agricultural commitment.” This piece has been updated to include a comment from the spokesman for Chan and Zuckerberg. Read more at The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Submit it to The Daily Beast here. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.