Jury rules in favor of South Kohala developer

The Villages at Aina Lea project site is shown. (Draft EIS, 2010/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A sign for the long-awaited Town of Aina Lea is posted at the entrance across from the Mauna Lani Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A federal jury has 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.