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Hawaii weighs fine for Maui condo using beach land

August 21, 2014 - 6:22am

KIHEI, Maui — State officials are considering a fine for a Maui condominium complex that encroached on more than 3,000 square feet of public beach.

The Maui News reported Wednesday that the state Board of Land and Natural Resources will consider a proposal from the department’s land division to charge a fine and administrative costs for use of the state beachfront in Kihei.

State officials say Hale Kai O Kihei encroached on five areas of reserve land with some of its amenities, including patio areas, part of a pool deck and shower stations.

The proposal calls for the complex to pay the state rent for a 55-year nonexclusive easement after the land is appraised. The public land areas would remain open for public use.

The resident manager of the complex, Steve Selee, said he was aware of the situation but declined further comment, referring to the condominium association’s president. The association’s president did not respond to the Maui News seeking comment.

Maui District Land Agent Daniel Ornellas said the problems are part of larger issues with homeowners along a 2-mile stretch in Kihei.

Some owners landscaped public lands, or built rock walls and fences that block public access, Ornellas said.

Ornellas said the complex has been cooperative, removing two barbecue stations and a shower as well as cutting back overgrown hedges.

“They’re doing their best to come in compliance with the state,” he said.