No. 89-15301.

933 F.2d 781 (1991)

Selwyn A. ROBINSON, Trustee under the Will of Alymer F. Robinson; Eleanor Robinson, Trustee under the Will of Aylmer F. Robinson; Bruce R. Robinson, Trustee under the Will of Aylmer F. Robinson; Russell S. Robinson; Helen M. Robinson, Individually and as Executrix of the Estate of Lester B. Robinson; Ruth R. Le Fiell; Marion R. Keat; Jean R. Weir; Keith P. Y, Plaintiffs, v. George R. ARIYOSHI, Governor; Ronald Y. Amemiya, Attorney General; Andrew S.O. Lee; William Y. Thompson; Stanley W. Hong; Larry E. Mehau; Manuel Moniz, Jr.; Moses W. Kealoha; Takeo Yamamoto, Chairman and Members, Board of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, as succeeded by John D. Waihee, Governor, State of Hawaii, Warren Price, III, Attorney General, State of Hawaii, William W. Paty, John Y. Arisumi, Herbert Y. Arata, J. Douglas Ing, Moses W. Kealoha and Leonard H. Zalopany, Chairman and Members, Board of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, Defendants-Appellants, v. McBRYDE SUGAR COMPANY, LTD., Olokele Sugar Company, Ltd.; Ida Albarado; Helen B. Chu; Henry J. Chu; Chee Kung Fui Society; Lapaz Francisco; Marcelino Francisco; Albert K. Kaailau; Linda P. Kaiakapu; Ann N. Kali; Harriet U. Kano; Junichi Kano; Kiyoshi Kimata; Arnold W.F. Leong; Katherine A. Leong; Lo Sun D. Leong; Tai Hung Leong; Hanayo T. Naumu; Wallace A. Naumu; Hideo Nonaka; Hiromi Nonaka; Iwao Nonaka; Kazuo Nonaka; Masatoshi Nonaka; Shigekichi Nonaka; Takano Nonaka; and Tadao Nonaka, Defendants-cross-claimants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided May 21, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven S. Michaels, Deputy Atty. Gen., Honolulu, Hawaii, for defendants-appellants.

J. Russell Cades, Roberet B. Bunn, Gino L. Gabrio, Phillip J. Leas, Cades, Schutte, Fleming & Wright, Honolulu, Hawaii, for defendants-cross-claimants-appellees.

Before GOODWIN and TANG, Circuit Judges, and GRANT, District Judge.

GOODWIN, Circuit Judge:

Defendant state officials appeal the judgment awarding attorney's fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988 to plaintiff landowners. The action was brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and led to lengthy litigation concerning water rights in the state of Hawaii. This court provided a detailed factual and procedural history of the underlying litigation in its decision on the merits in Robinson v. Ariyoshi, 887 F.2d 215

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