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DLNR Issues Violation Notice to Hang Loose Boat Tours

Posted June 28, 2017, 04:13 PM HST Updated June 29, 2017, 12:57 PM HST

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued a Notice of Alleged Violations to Simon Valej of Hang Loose Boat Tours for Alleged Unauthorized Alteration of Historic Properties and Unauthorized Land Use Within the Conservation District Located at Punalu‘u Wharf in the Ka‘u District of the Big Island.

A site inspection conducted on Monday, June 26, 2017, revealed that remnants of the historic Punalu‘u Wharf have been impacted allegedly with heavy equipment, and significant ground disturbance has occurred with the State Land Use Conservation District.

State of Hawai‘i historic preservation laws state that it is a civil and administrative violation for any person to take, appropriate, excavate, injure, destroy, or alter any historic property or burial site during the course of land development or land alteration activities, without obtaining the required approvals; and State of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules for land use(s) within the State Land Use Conservation District state that no land use (s) shall be conducted in a Conservation District unless a permit or approval is first obtained from the DLNR or the Board of Land and Natural Resource.

It is alleged that  Valej failed to obtain any such approvals from the state.

For historic preservation violations, the statute states: Any person who violates this section shall be fined not more than $10,000 for each separate violation. If the violator directly or indirectly has caused the loss of, or damage to, any historic property or burial site, the violator shall be fined an additional amount determined by the court or an administrative adjudicative authority to be equivalent to the value of the lost or damaged historic property or burial site. Each day of continued violation of this provision shall constitute a distinct and separate violation for which the violator may be punished. Equipment used by a violator for the taking, appropriation, excavation, injury, destruction, or alteration of any historic property or burial site, shall be subject to seizure and disposition by the state without compensation to its owner or owners.


For violations of Land Use Conservation District administrative rules: the BLNR may subject individuals to fines of up to $15,000 per violation in addition to administrative costs. If activity continues after written or verbal notice from the DLNR, willful violation may incur an additional fine of up to $15,000 per day per violation for each day in which the violation persists.

In the Notice of Alleged Violations sent to Valej, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case writes, “This notice is to inform you that the alleged alteration and destruction of historic properties and permanent change in the land area within the Conservation District created by the land use was not reviewed nor authorized by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The matter will be scheduled for a decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources at a time and date to be announced.”

The DLNR is working with Hawai‘i County to further investigate allegations that the company left two piles of dirt on the shore after trying to excavate land for a launch. It is also attempting to work with the land owner on mitigation measures with respect to potential impacts in the ocean.

Hang Loose Boat Tours has a valid commercial use permit from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. Its access permit from the private land owner was revoked, so unless the company can show it has another access point, which is required for the commercial use permit, DOBOR could ask the BLNR to revoke it.


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Mel Davis Great follow up exactly what the Ka'u community want to hear 🤙🏽🇬🇧🇬🇧 justice for our aina E'O kanaka mauoli ku'eJune 28, 2017 06:37pm
Jill Wallace Lavia Grace Vallez Looks like the local boys are takin' care of biz!June 28, 2017 07:01pm
Michael Sartain Right onJune 28, 2017 07:30pm
Ferren Alapai That's it fines?! He needs to be locked up and charges for his actions.June 28, 2017 08:55pm
James Kong His problems are just beginning...June 28, 2017 10:41pm
Barbara Cornelius-Davis Yep ! Lock up and fines !!! And since he was out right breaking the law the people he cause trauma to who was just trying to enjoy summer vacation time with Keiki , they should file a civil suit against him ! For the mental breakdown , anxiety and trauma that was incurred when he lifted the dirt up high and just dumped it at which time the east makani wen blow'um in dea faces ! And to add to that , caused emotional injury by informing them that " better be ready cause there be more of that cause I'll be back at 7 o'clock in the morning "!!!!! We know if was one local he or she would have been arrested immediately 🙄June 29, 2017 12:34am
Jeni Fiock Jeri SmithJune 29, 2017 03:55am
Gabriel Paniagua Trow um in da kine brah!June 29, 2017 03:33pm
Dolly Lyman Good!! Bet that guy is unemployed now. Stupid douche bag needs to go back where he came from.June 29, 2017 05:32pm
Bob Fisher He can kiss his business good bye! He'll be lucky to get a job as a deck hand after this!June 29, 2017 05:42pm
Phylliscoochie Cayan Revoke the business permit too.June 30, 2017 12:01am

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