Friday, January 09, 2015

Hawaiian Temple Sues Over Zoning Denial

RLUIPA Defense blog reported this week on a suit filed last November in federal district court in Hawaii by Spirit of Aloha Temple which was denied zoning approval to expand the use of a botanical garden it owns.  The Temple sought to use existing structures on the property for its Integral Yoga observances, including religious services, weddings and educational activities. The complaint (full text) in Spirit of Aloha Temple v. County of Maui, D HI, filed 11/26/2014) contends that the denial of permission violates RLUIPA, the 1st and 14th Amendments and Hawaiian constitutional and statutory provisions.