Lax oversight by DLNR allows businesses to use state land for free at a Kona harbor
By Rob Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 18, 2018
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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
Until 2017 the Department of Land and Natural Resources allowed Atlantis Submarines to use state land next to the company’s two mooring slips for free. After Atlantis acquired rights to the slips in 1999, it eventually erected four structures on the parcel, placed a storage container there and built a short concrete driveway. In 2017 Atlantis started paying DLNR $3,000 a month in rent.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
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.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@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.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
Explaining why Landscape Hawaii didn’t pay rent for a decade, its chief executive, Kyle Ushijima, told the StarAdvertiser that DLNR staff had instructed the company early on to forgo paying until the dispute was resolved.