Complaints grow over Haleiwa dump site

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 3:10 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 9:52 AM HST
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(Image: Carroll Cox)
(Image: Carroll Cox)

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The private property at mouth of the Kaukonahua Stream is hidden by public view by a grove of trees. But drone video reveals a massive alleged illegal dump site hidden behind the greenery.

"I was taken aback by the sheer magnitude of the collection and the assortment. Usually you see a few cars, maybe a bus two," said environmental activist Carroll Cox. "We have a collection of automobiles, expired ones, we have dump trucks, trailers."

The dump site is a potential pollution source for the coastline along Kaiaka Bay, which is a feeding ground for sea turtles, fish and other wildlife.

"We should haven't the oils, the gasoline, the washer fluids and hydraulics and all of those things" washing downstream, said Cox.

People who live in the area say the dump site has been here for years only that they've never seen it so large.

A Google Earth satellite photo taken about a year ago shows about three dozen vehicles on the lot. Drone video shot today shows more than three times as many vehicles.

Hawaii News Now tried to contact the property owner but he could not be reached.

Meanwhile, Cox says he's filed a complaint with the state Health Department and hopes it will take action.

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