POSTED: 8:07 p.m. HST, May 23, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 8:11 p.m. HST, May 23, 2014
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to fine Public Utilities Commission Chairwoman Hermina Morita and her husband $31,000 for building and operating a pair of unauthorized commercial vacation rentals on restricted conservation land on Kauai.
Morita and husband Lance Laney, the listed landowner, were further ordered to remove the two rental cottages, discontinue all commercial activity on the parcel, and submit an after-the-fact application for a large garage constructed on the property.
According to DLNR's Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, the couple made unauthorized use of a 3.18-acre parcel of land within a State Land Use Conservation District Protective Subzone in Hanalei at the end of Ohiki Road. The area is primarily used for light farming and recreation and includes "minor" residential development, according to the OCCL.