Of all the DLNR’s criminal acts against Little Beach, why choose the 4PM Early Saturday Closure? Because it was blatantly wrong and without reason, other than malice - malice directed at regular Little Beach users (not the Sunday drum circle crowd). A private citizen battled the DLNR and the DLNR could only provide flimsy excuses related to the Sunday drum circle crowd. Clearly Saturday was no different than Friday which had the same 7PM closing time as Big Beach. The private citizen filed a complaint with the Hawaii State Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is independent, serving the State Legislature, and charged with investigating administrative government agencies malfeasance.
The Ombudsman found in favor of the DLNR - with no explanation. This did not smell right. Friends of Little Beach filed a more comprehensive 5-page formal complaint that gave the DLNR no way out. [Full text HERE.] We broadened the complaint to include the illegal gate, which was the tool used to effect the illegal act. The preamble explained the parties involved and the history of DLNR abuse-of-power that led to Early Saturday Closure - followed by the complaint:
Required Corrective Action Under Law
Ombudsman’s Response to Friends of Little Beach Complaint
There was a lot of wiggling. [Full text HERE]
The Fight for Justice Will Continue
The Ombudsman has endorsed the criminal actions of the DLNR that cause harm to the public. Is this just good ol’ Hawaii government corruption like we keep reading about, or does the Ombudsman lack the courage to go up against the DLNR - after what happened to the State Auditor who's investigation revealed DLNR financial mismanagement. Undeterred, Friends of Little Beach responded to set the record straight, as follows. [Original HERE.]
PO Box 1097, Kihei, HI 96753
The Office of the Ombudsman
State of Hawaii
Attn. Mr. Robin K. Matsunaga
Your ref: #22-03874(MI)
April 11, 2022
Dear Mr. Matsunaga,
Complaint re. Illegal Early 4PM Saturday Closure of Little Beach by DNLR
Ref. your letter dated April 4 2022: Your statement that you will not be responding to further correspondence is noted. You have asserted that The Friends of Little Beach complaint provided “no new information that would warrant another investigation,” subsequent to Mr. E■■■■’s complaint. That is not correct.
For the record, the Friends of Little Beach complaint included the following new information:
No person or legal entity is above the law. We are extremely disappointed that Office of the Ombudsman “did not find that the DLNR acted unlawfully or unreasonably.” You have essentially endorsed the criminal actions of the DLNR that cause harm to the public, that the law is intended to protect.
Please include this letter in the case file.
Director and Secretary
Friends of Little Beach
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