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Heat is on at Kunia Loa over improper land use

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / APRIL 26

    Dozens of houselike structures — including some that have been advertised as vacation rentals on sites such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor — have sprung up at Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands. Some of the buildings feature balconies and large windows, better to capture the stunning views of Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head in the distance.

  • “It only allows farmers to build necessary, non-residential buildings such as greenhouses and crop and farm equipment storage, with appropriate restrictions to ensure safety and protect health and the environment. Those who do not comply with the law should not be surprised by enforcement action.”

    Randy Cabral

    President, Hawaii Farm Bureau, on the city’s stepped-up enforcement

From the air and on the ground, the city has taken unprecedented steps to inspect a controversial off-the-grid agricultural development in Kunia, using a team of experts from multiple agencies to search the sprawling project for illegal buildings, grading, sewage systems and other unauthorized structures or activities. Read more

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