Monday, July 23, 2018

Neither Side Gets Summary Judgment In Hawaii Religious Zoning Dispute

In Spirit of Aloha Temple v. County of Maui, (D HI, July 20, 2018), a Hawaii federal district court denied summary judgment motions filed by both parties in a RLUIPA lawsuit challenging denial of a special use permit to build a church and hold religious events (particularly weddings) on land zoned for agricultural use. the court held that significant factual questions remain to be resolved as to the Temple's substantial burden claim, religious discrimination and equal terms claims, as well as its 1st and 14th Amendment assertions. The Temple promotes the practice of "Integral Yoga."