Prominent Architect, County Parks Head Flout SMA Regulations to Rebuild Seawall

posted in: May 2016 | 0

There’s a brand new seawall in the Keaukaha district of Hilo.  State and county laws establish stringent conditions before permits for this type of construction can begin, but the builder in this case, Honolulu architect Robert K. Iopa, didn’t bother with any of them.

Instead, he and Clayton Honma, head of the Hawai`i County Department of Parks and Recreation, appear to have conspired to allow the wall to be built under a “Friends of the Park” agreement, which itself was worked out without following the department’s own rules.

The new wall, in an area locals call . . .

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