The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved more than 48,000 dollars in fines against Henry Pomroy, Bill Fufjimoto, and Hookupu Fishing Company for illegally operating lava boat tours on the Big Island last year.

The state reports that Pomroy ignored warnings and continued to operate tours from the Pohoiki Boat Launching Ramp.

Pomroy claimed fees customers paid went toward membership into Hookupu LLC.