Land in Limbo

The four parcels in yellow make up the state’s new Helemano Wilderness Area, purchased from Dole Food Company last year. The smallest, 71002011, was recently found to have already belonged to the state when Dole sold it.

The state’s purchase of thousands of acres of forest and agricultural land on O‘ahu from Dole was years in the making and involved a number of agencies and private parties.

With so many eyes on this transaction, what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, included in the purchase were some 58 acres of land to which Dole did not have clear title – acres that the state apparently already owned.

That revelation leads off a lengthy report on recent actions of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources, including the issuance of a new permit to the owners of the Kahala Hotel and Resort; the continuation of water permits on Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i island; as well as votes on efforts to manage human impacts on wild, protected areas.


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