Man Cited Again for Loitering in Disaster Area
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reported that over the past week the number of citations written for loitering in closed areas in the East Rift Eruption Zone has dropped. Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement have only written two citations, bringing the total since the eruption began in early May to 84.
On Friday, June 29, 2018, 37-year-old Daniel W. Records of Pāhoa was cited at the entrance to Lava Tree State Monument which has been closed since the eruption began. Officers report he was riding a motorcycle, traveling up Lava Tree Road from the Highway 132 entrance. This is his second citation for loitering in a closed disaster area. He was one of five people cited in the same area on June 6, 2018 for loitering under Hawai‘i County code.
Another Pāhoa resident was cited by DOCARE officers on Tuesday, July 3. He’s identified as 49-year-old Ano Hanamana. He was cited after officers observed him walking in the closed disaster area near Papaya Farms Road.
DOCARE reminds people that under a proclamation issued last month by Gov. David Ige, people convicted of violating HCC 7-10(1) could face penalties of up to $5,000 in fines and a year in jail. In support of Hawai‘i County Police and the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency, DOCARE is continuing patrols in closed areas which include Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Recreation Area, both of which are under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of State Parks.
VIDEO: High-definition aerials of Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Recreation Area. VC: DLNR