Group admits to removing lava rock from reserve for profit
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say four men admitted to taking lava rock from the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve on Hawaii Island.
KHON-TV reports Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers gave the men cease and desist orders after they say the men were illegally cracking large chunks of pahoehoe lava and hauling tons of it by the truckload to sell to hotels and home builders for rock boundaries, decorative walls, and fireplaces.
Officers say the men were making anywhere from $800 to $1000 for a “load of rock, often selling it to commercial properties and residential homeowners in Waikoloa and other places on the Big Island.”
Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com