Aina Lea developer prevails in federal taking case

  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today

    A sign for the long-awaited town of Aina Lea is posted at the entrance across from Mauna Lani Resort in South Kohala.

KAILUA-KONA — A federal jury sided with a South Kohala developer, agreeing that a state Land Use Commission’s decision to reclassify more than 1,000 acres at Aina Lea was a constitutional taking of the property without just compensation.