What’s the difference between “grubbing” and “mowing”?
That was the question posed to the Hawai`i County Board of Appeals earlier this year, as a Kona landowner challenged the accusation he had violated the county’s prohibition on grubbing without a permit. The landowner, Richard “Rusty” Stewart, claimed that a contractor he had hired in February 2013 had merely mowed – but did not grade or grub – the bulk of some four acres of land Stewart owns lying makai of the Mamalahoa Highway and just north of houses lining the steep, well-traveled Kaiminani Drive that leads to the Kona . . .
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