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Public Access to Pepeekeo Point Shortline Ending Soon

For several years, a temporary arrangement between Hilo Project, LLC and the County of Hawaii has allowed people to safely walk to the Pepeekeo Point Shoreline using the landowners’ property.

The owners have tried, without success, to work out boundary and setback issues through three successive County planning directors and their staffs.  Strong local support has existed for years for the County to permanently receive the safe access route offered by the owners.  The project and temporary access were determined to be safe from erosion on this old sugar mill industrial site.  Nevertheless, the County has taken years too long without securing the safe access for the community.  Landowners regret that they must now modify their project and people will not be able to safely walk to the shoreline anymore.

Effective July 10, 2017, the temporary access used to reach the ocean will be permanently closed.  The owners intend to post a sign showing the location of the existing legal access, but caution that the legal access may be difficult to use and does not reach the walkable shoreline.

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