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Squatters are making mess of scenic Kauai valley, officials say

  • COURTESY DLNR

    A cleanup of Kalalau Valley cleared 2,400 pounds of trash during January and early February; officials also issued about 70 citations to campers who did not have proper permits to be in thearea.

  • COURTESY DLNR

    A cleanup of Kalalau Valley cleared 2,400 pounds of trash during January and early February; officials also issued about 70 citations to campers who did not have proper permits to be in thearea.

  • COURTESY DLNR

    About 1,500 pounds of items was removed from makeshift campsites during recent cleanups, and will be stored for 30 days. The items, including fishing poles, surfboards and mattresses, will be disposed of if unclaimed.

  • COURTESY DLNR

    A cleanup of Kalalau Valley cleared 2,400 pounds of trash during January and early February; officials also issued about 70 citations to campers who did not have proper permits to be in the area.

The state is renewing its efforts to tackle a decades-long problem of accumulated trash and damage to heiau in Kauai’s Kalalau Valley — the result, for the most part, of illegal camping. Read more

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