Tour Operator is Fined $70K For Damage
To Historic Wharf, Conservation District
Simon Velaj didn’t seem to think it was that big of a deal. In late June, without permits of any kind, he had taken a backhoe to features of a wharf built in 1916 at Punalu‘u black sand beach in Ka‘u, Hawai‘i, causing some damage to the area and angering several locals who later reported him to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Velaj claimed he didn’t touch any pilings and was just removing hazards, such as . . .
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