Man cited by DLNR for allegedly selling certificates without a permit arrested

Published: Mar. 8, 2018 at 11:43 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2018 at 3:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man cited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Thursday for selling certificates at the top of Diamond Head without a warrant was arrested Friday.

On Friday at 9 a.m. he was arrested on a 2015 bench warrant for a failure to appear for a previous case of soliciting and sales on DLNR land.

State officers issued a cease and desist order to Christopher P. Barclay Thursday for allegedly selling fake hike accomplishment certificates.

"This individual was extremely argumentative when cited yesterday and despite previous citations he's continued to thumb his nose at the law," said DLNR State Parks Division Administrator Curt Cottrell in a news release.

Christopher P. Barclay was cited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources for soliciting and selling certificates without a commercial permit.

The cease and desist order claimed that Barclay collected cash and lied to customers saying that the funds went toward keeping the park clean.

"We've heard from numerous people over the course of several years who have asked the State to shut this activity down," Cottrell said in a news release. "We have very specific rules regarding who can conduct commercial activities in state parks and under what circumstances."

"Bottom line, any commercial activity does require a permit and Mr. Barclay has consistently refused to seek one," Cottrell said.

The Diamond Head State Monument has one approved vendor for selling logo items, which is done mostly from a kiosk at the foot of the iconic mountain.

DLNR officers say they observed Barclay asking for five-dollar certificate donations from hikers who reached the top of the rim Thursday.

On Friday around the time of his arrest, DLNR officers say that he appeared to be hiking back up Diamond Head.

According to a news release, Barclay could face criminal or civil penalties.

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