Examples raising questions about DLNR’s oversight of state land
By Rob Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 18, 2018
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(Video by Rob Perez, Cindy Ellen Russell and Bruce Asato)
Lax oversight by the Department of Land and Natural Resources allows businesses and other boat owners at a Kona harbor to use state land without paying rent.
RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Personnel from the “highest levels of state government” discouraged the Department of Land and Natural Resources from taking aggressive action to address the lack of written agreements for boaters using state land at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
For years GKM Inc. had rented 9 acres of state land at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor for a monthly rate equivalent to 1.8 cents per square foot. The company ran a boat storage facility there and rented the land on a month-to-month basis.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
Explaining why Landscape Hawaii didn’t pay rent for a decade, its chief executive, Kyle Ushijima, told the Star-Advertiser that DLNR staff had instructed the company early on to forgo paying until the dispute was resolved.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
A business association that developed a 73-acre Sand Island industrial park on leased DLNR property has yet to dedicate the project’s streets, streetlights, sewer lines and storm drains to the city even though the infrastructure was completed about two decades ago.