The temporary, emergency sandbag revetment in Ha`ena that was installed in 1997, yet remains in place today.

From Emergency To Entitlement

The case of the sandbag revetment spanning five lots, and nearly 20 years, along the beach in Ha`ena, Kaua`i, is a textbook example of how something promised as a one-off, temporary fix becomes, over the years, so entrenched that action by any state or county authority to remove it seems to grow dimmer by the day.

In this month’s cover, of the three agencies that one might expect to exercise some enforcement powers, not one is stepping forward. Each of the three – the county Department of Planning, the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Land Division – seems to be waiting for one of the others to make the first move. All of which could have been avoided had the owners lived up to permit terms, had the county enforced its permit conditions, and had the state followed up with enforcement of its own Conservation District and state land regulations.


Book Now for our 25th Anniversary Celebration!

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On August 14, we’ll be partying hearty at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, celebrating a quarter-century of investigative environmental journalism in Hawai`i. Reserve your place now by calling us at (808) 934-0115... READ MORE

MHI Bottomfish Catch Limit Drops

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  This time around, not a single angry word came from Hawai`i’s commercial bottomfish fishers, even though their annual catch limit (ACL) over the next few years will be tens of thousands of... READ MORE

Two Offshore Wind Projects Are Proposed

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AW Hawai`i Wind LLC has submitted applications for two offshore wind generating facilities, which will be the subject of a meeting Wednesday, June 3, in Honolulu. For more information on the meeting, including how... READ MORE