KALAELOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Environmental activist Carroll Cox, who was sent to the hospital after two masked men attacked him on Tuesday, said he was filming people moving a modular home in Kalaeloa to another property when he was assaulted.
Cox says the home was on property owned by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands but the owner did not have a lease and did not pay rent to the DHHL.
"What I was here investigating was an ongoing effort on my part to sort through the unethical and illegal dumping, unethical practices, reports of favoritism in granting leases," Cox said.
Cox received stitches in his head and large bruises on his arm and let after the two men attacked him with a metal pipe. The men stopped the attack after a witness drove by.
A few hours before the attack, Cox said he filed a complaint with the DHHL about the building. The complaint also alleged favoritism in the awards of leases to businesses and illegal dumping and stockpiling in the area.
Today, the home is sitting on another lot.
A spokesman for the DHHL said it takes the allegations seriously and will follow up if more documentation is made available.
As for Cox, he said he will continue his investigations.