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Kailua kayak company slapped with $25K fine for operating without permit

Officials said the company’s permit had expired, and the owner admitted his company’s guilt.
Officials said the company’s permit had expired, and the owner admitted his company’s guilt.(Department of Land and Natural Resources)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 7:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Board of Land and Natural Resources fined a Kailua kayak company $25,000 for reportedly operating without a permit — which the company now says was an oversight on their part.

Officials said Twogood Kayaks Hawaii, Inc. conducted unpermitted commercial activity on at least five separate occasions, in which workers were seen meeting customers and launching kayaks into the ocean.

The board fined the company $5,000 for each of the violations between May and August.

Officials said the company’s permit had expired, and the owner admitted his company’s guilt.

The city also bans commercial activity at Kailua Beach Park, which is where workers with Twogood Kayaks were seen conducting business.

As part of the state’s order the company cannot obtain a new commercial permit for at least two years.

The president of the company, Robert Twogood spoke with Hawaii News Now in November, and said the oversight happened because of staffing issues when the permits they had expired.

He also said the BLNR monitored their activity for months before actually notifying them of violations, leading to a larger penalty. Twogood said he would’ve addressed the expired permit earlier, had he been made aware.

They are continuing their kayak rental service.

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