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Some in the community are alarmed by the loose limits placed on using DLNR land

  • Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy has the longest-running revocable permit — 62 years — with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The parcel is in Waimea on Hawaii island, not far from the school’s campus, above.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    While the pier at Hilton Hawaiian Village is privately owned, the submerged land under the pier has been leased through a month-to-month revocable permit for decades. Currently, Hilton pays the highest rent of any lessee in the program — $405,192 a year for .09 acre. An Atlantis submarine cruise boat docked at the pier Thursday to pick up and let off sightseers.

Tenants ranging from a global agricultural conglomerate to the state’s most exclusive private school have been leasing land from the Department of Land and Natural Resources fordecades, paying as little as pennies per acre monthly under a program that operates with no formal rules and is limited by law to temporary, month-to-month uses. Read more

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