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EXCLUSIVE: Hair products heir embroiled in Diamond Head land dispute

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Angus Mitchell, son of the late hair styling tycoon Paul Mitchell, is known for his support of conservation efforts in Hawaii.

But the part-time Diamond Head resident finds himself in the cross hairs of his neighbors and the state Land Board over the alleged misuse of public lands.

He's accused of taking 2,000 square feet of state conservation land in the Diamond State Monument and adding it to his own private, gated estate.

"Once you let one individual do what he wants to do and get away with all of those violations, why other people are going to do the same thing," said Clark Hatch of the Diamond Head State Monument Foundation.

"(Diamond Head) is a public icon. Everyone who lives here has some relationship to it. Everyone who visits enjoys seeing it. It's very important to keep it pristine, proper and as best maintained as we can."

Mitchell's 6.5 acre estate at 3703 Poka Place lies on the southeastern side of the monument.

According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Mitchell extended his boundary lines, adding ornate landscaping, ponds, waterfalls and retaining walls on the Diamond Head Monument's property.

Mitchell paid the state a $14,000 fine last year and has agreed to dismantle the ponds and waterfalls. He's also seeking an after-the-fact permit on the structures he wants to keep.

That after-the-fact request has created an awkward situation for the DLNR's current chair Suzanne Case, who is the former executive director of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.

Back in 2011 when Case headed the Nature Conservancy, Mitchell donated his fathers $6.5 million Kona estate to Case's organization.

Case told Hawaii News Now today that there is no conflict of interest.

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