State investigating beach access blockage allegations in East Honolulu
EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful part of Oahu, but there is an ugly dispute brewing with some folks who live nearby.
The Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary is a restricted area, but right across the driveway is the ocean which is not. The residents of 101 Paiko Drive are Garrett Saikley, MD and Robert Carpenter. They live at the end of the dead end lane and are accused of moving large boulders from the sanctuary to the beach and putting up signs that not only aim to prevent access but also look like they are from the State.
"The guy is a piece of crap," said Kekoa Wong, referring to the homeowner in question.
Nearby residents brought complaints to the Kuliouou/Kalani Iki neighborhood board which passed a resolution urging the State to enforce the law.
"We're island people. We go to the ocean. Its part of who we are and to be denied that right to go to the ocean by those who want to keep you away and misinform you its very frustrating," said Ann Marie Kirk, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a nonprofit organization that advocates for respect of the land.
Dr. Saikley and Carpenter did not appear at the board meeting, but they did submit a letter to the board defending themselves saying they have a close partnership with the State. They say they replaced about eight rocks after they were stolen to help prevent erosion. They also lined the driveway with smaller rocks to prevent people from driving on restricted land. But they say the rocks did not come from the sanctuary.
The Oahu Forestry and Wildlife Manager David Smith was at the meeting and clarified the confusion.
"That is illegal. You are not supposed to be putting things out there without an agreement with us and there is no agreement so we're investigating that right now," said Smith.
They're also investigating the alleged fake State signs that say no beach access. As to the no trespassing and private property signs those are in fact on private property, but Smith says it is misleading the public.
"The signs really aren't true but since they are on private property I don't feel like I have the right as the state representative to go take them down but it's definitely misleading because it says to the public you can't go in here when in fact you can," said Smith.
Smith says he hopes the investigation is finished next month.
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