Good day all you Ka’u Bloggers. I thought this information should be up for discussion. Recently, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 there was a meeting for all hunters at the Punaluu Pavillion. Apparently, the hunters have asked District 6, Councilperson Brittany Smart to help them open all the closed/limbo roads in Ka’u for the hunters to hunt. She, I guess, from the information of the hunters, has agreed to do this. That means all the roads above Pahala that align private properties will be open for hunting and whatever the people want to do. It was mentioned that “We have gathering rights”. Now, if you want land from the Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands you have to be 50% or more Hawaiian. And to have your children inherit that said land they have to be 25% Hawaiian. You can contact the DHHL at 808-620-9590 to get this info.
Taking a look around, it was not obvious that the crowd consisted of half or full-blooded Hawaiians. One hunter said “I cannot support this group, it doesn’t make sense to open roads that you cannot shoot from or across. The road might be public, but the land the animal runs onto is not. Plus, you have to have written permission to enter private land by the land owners. It’s not worth getting caught on someone’s private land because the fines you can get will buy a lot of meat.” What do all of you think?
Please see below Media Release:
Hawai’i Police Department
South Kohala District
Community Police Officer Paul Bugado
November 24, 2010
The Hawai’i Police Department is reminding Big Island residents that hiking, hunting and other activities on private property without written permission are considered trespassing and are against the law.
Farmers and ranchers suffer from trespassing activities, including littering, theft to crops and livestock, damaged fences and gates, and the disruption of livestock and farming operations. These illegal activities cause damage to infrastructure and disrupt farm and ranch business.
Trespassing on private property is prohibited under state law and is punishable by fines, incarceration or both. The following are Class C felonies, which can lead to fines and up to five years in prison:
Criminal property damage to agricultural equipment, supplies or agriculture
Theft of agricultural equipment, supplies and livestock (including horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats)
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4150008/?sub_id=249227.