About a year ago, architect Robert Iopa rebuilt a crumbling seawall in front of property he owns in the Keaukaha area of Hilo. He did not ask for, nor did he receive, permission from either the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL), which oversees activity in the shoreline area, or the Hawai`i County Planning Department, which has authority over nearshore lands.
He did get the approval of the then-director of the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Under an executive order nearly a century old, the DPR administers state-owned . . .
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