Dispute arises over dumping at Kalaeloa siteUPDATED 8:02 PM HST Jun 13, 2014Video Transcript
Oahu's west side... Did security cameras catch an illegal act or an act of desperation? You'll have a chance to see... Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji de Nies. Land owners at the former naval base in Kalaeloa are fed up with being a dumping ground.. Now a real estate company claims surveillance cameras caught a litter-bug in the act. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has the video. Andrew? Yunji, the hauling company says it may look like illegal dumping, but there's a simple explanation. Take a look and decide for yourself. 8-11 1:43 1:53 West-side land owners say this pile is just one example of illegal dumping that has plagued Kalaeloa for years. JOSE BUSTAMANTE: "TO SEE COMPANIES OUT HERE DUMPING JUST WASTE AND REFUSE IS JUST REALLY DISRESPECTFUL." Hunt Companies Inc. leases this vacant lot near Saratoga Ave. and Bennington St. from the Navy. Hunt set-up surveillance cameras to catch dumpers in the act, and watch what happened last Friday afternoon. A camera recorded a female driver from Island Hauling Inc. dumping this fill- type material. A hunt employee also snapped photos. JOSE BUSTAMANTE: "COMPLETELY RECKLESS, I MEAN THIS IS LAND THAT WE ARE WORKING TO DEVELOP. WE'VE PROBABLY TAKEN AWAY ABOUT 40 CONTAINERS WORTH OF WASTE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND TO SEE THIS CONTINUE IS VERY DISCONCERTING. " The president of Island Hauling Inc. Chad Kobayashi tells KITV4 his driver panicked when it appeared she was losing her load. Kobayashi said the driver left about three shovels worth of material on the vacant lot with the promise to pick it up later. JOSE BUSTAMANTE: "I DON'T THINK IT'S A GOOD EXPLANATION. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN DUMP... YOU SHOULD DUMP ANYTHING ON ANYONE'S LAND." An inspector from the Department of Planning and Permitting showed up, but said a citation could only be issued if there's about 100 cubic yards of material. During our interview with Bustamante, Island Hauling made good on its promise to clean up the pile... JOSE BUSTAMANTE: "WE'RE WORKING HARD TO REDEVELOP THIS AREA AND MAKE SURE IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY OUT HERE, BUT... THERE THEY ARE! THEY CAME OUT HERE TO PICK IT UP. OH!" It was the same driver who put the pile here in the first place. Q- WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY? A- I HAVE NO COMMENT. Q- NO COMMENT, ALRIGHT. TAKE CARE." JOSE BUSTAMANTE: Q- DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD'VE HAPPENED IF YOU HAD NOT CONTACTED THE MEDIA? A- NO, I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK IT WOULD'VE STAYED THERE FOR A WHILE." ANDREW PEREIRA: "LESS THAN A MILE AWAY, A LARGER PILE OF THE SAME TYPE OF MATERIAL. HOWEVER UNLIKE ISLAND HAULING INC. WE DON'T KNOW WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS." KYMBERLY PINE: "WE NEED TO RE-EVALUATE EVERYTHING THAT RELATES TO ILLEGAL DUMPING AND HOW WE PROSECUTE THOSE CRIMES." Councilwoman Kymberly Pine has three bills to tackle illegal dumping head-on, including a stiff increase in fines. KYMBERLY PINE: "IF YOU DO ILLEGAL DUMPING WE INCREASE THE FINE BY 500 PERCENT. IF YOU'RE A REPEAT OFFENDER WE INCREASE IT BY A THOUSAND PERCENT." Hunt believes it has spent close to $200,000 since 2009 cleaning up the messes illegal dumpers leave behind. Hunt has already filed a police report and plans to pursue its case against Island Hauling Inc. Yunji?