Harboring Trouble

Work at Honokohau boat yard. Credit: GKM

When the Board of Land and Natural Resources converted a long-standing revocable permit for land at Honokohau Harbor to a long-term lease, it had the best of intentions, responding to widespread calls to eliminate the practice of month-to-month occupancy in favor of more stable, lucrative leases.

But good intentions don’t always yield good outcomes. In the case of this particular conversion, all parties involved – the former tenant, the current tenant, and the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation – have divergent sets of facts to offer in explaining how things went south.

The state’s abatement of lease rent to the tune of more than $400,000 may solve a few of the issues surrounding this contentious lease. But if the goal is to have a stable, responsible party occupying valuable state land, well, the jury is still out on that.


Kaneohe Yacht Club Keeps Permit, For Now

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is still trying to figure out what to do with the revocable permit that the Kaneohe Yacht Club in Windawrd Oahu has held since 1977.  The... READ MORE