For The Record: Waimānalo Roadside ZooPosted on Apr 26, 2015 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Land Management Division, Public Information
Statement to KITV Regarding the Waimānalo Roadside Zoo
April 24, 2015
Claude Colton, operator of the Waimānalo roadside “animal farm” or “petting zoo”, does not have a land disposition with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).
It is the department’s understanding that Mr. Colton gained access to the property from his uncles, Westin and Nowlin Correa, who had a prior land disposition with the department but due to noncompliance issues, were evicted on October 29, 2014. Neither of the uncles had legal authority to allow Colton to occupy the property.
The department allowed Colton additional time to find a new location and remove his livestock from the premises. After nearly six months, it appears no substantial effort has been made to relocate. The department sent Colton a letter dated April 16, 2015 asking him to vacate the premises by May 15, 2015.
We are also concerned about the welfare of the animals.
DHHL takes its fiduciary responsibility to its beneficiaries seriously. At times, this means evicting unauthorized occupants from its lands. Our fiduciary responsibility to our beneficiaries necessitates this.
Once secured, the department will evaluate the property for future potential homestead use.