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Illegal Squatters Removed From State Lands on Kaua‘i

March 21, 2018, 2:58 PM HST
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Two dozen officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

In the weeks leading up to today’s operation, the squatters were offered services to help them find permanent housing—but they declined.

On unencumbered land adjacent to and behind the former Coco Palms Resort, four people living in two separate camps left peacefully after being informed by officers that they were trespassing on closed state property.

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The squatters were allowed to pack up personal possessions and valuables. What remained, including tents and other camping gear, was collected and loaded into trucks. That property will be stored for 30 days to allow its owners to reclaim it. No one was cited or arrested.

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The Kaua‘i Humane Society took custody of five goats that had been tied up along the road leading into the property. Three dogs left with their owners.

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At Wailua River State Park, a woman who’d been squatting on state property near one of the Wailua River overlooks had previously been notified she needed to vacate. Officers also allowed her to remove whatever personal possessions she wanted. A man identified as her boyfriend was briefly detained when he tried to block entrance to the camp. He was later cited for obstruction of a government operation and must make a court appearance.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case reminded people that state lands are managed for public trust purposes.

“When people trespass, and set up illegal long-term camps, they potentially prevent others from beneficial use of the land,” said Case. “Often and sometimes unwittingly, they damage or destroy fragile natural or cultural resources.”

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, the Kaua‘i Police Department and State Sheriffs removed five people from two parcels of DLNR land this morning, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DLNR photo.

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