Facebook CEO's wall around Kauai property stirs controversy

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 7:52 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 2:43 PM HST
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KILAUEA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Neighbors of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are unhappy about a rock wall he's been installing on his property on Kauai's north shore.

The six-foot tall rock wall along Koolau Road in Pilaa has been jokingly compared to the wall Donald Trump wants between the U.S. and Mexico.

The wall protects the billionaire's 700-acre Pilaa estate, which he bought in 2014 for about $120 million.

Neighbors told Kauai's Garden Island newspaper that it's ugly and blocks their views. But ironically, the heaviest attacks came on Facebook, which Zuckerberg helped found.

"Message to Mark Zuckerberg from neighbors in Hawaii: Tear down that wall," one posting said.

Another took at shot at Zuckerberg's criticism of Trump's U.S.-Mexico wall proposal:

"Typical liberal logic. The U.S. shouldn't be building walls on our borders but Zuckerberg can build walls around his $100 million Kauai property," said another post.

But some say that Zuckerberg's wall is much much smaller -- and less controversial -- than the barrier erected by previous landowner Jimmy Pflueger.

Makaala Kaaumoana was among those that sued Pflueger more than a decade ago over a 15-foot berm the retired car dealer erected on the Pilaa property.

Pflueger was later ordered to tear down the structure because of the suit.

"I understand the concern of people who suddenly have a rock wall go up in an area where they used to see past and go through. But that doesn't make it illegal," Kaaumoana said.

"Of course he has a right to build a fence and build a wall around his property."

A local representative for Zuckerberg could not be reached.

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