I've just posted part two of "Pile of Pohaku," which outlines how a vacation rental that had zoning violations and was never approved by the Planning Commission is nevertheless being actively rented.
The post shows how Planning Commissioners did recognize that some of the TVR-related transgressions were, to use the words of Commissioner Hartwell Blake, "just blatant, in your face, poke you in the eye."
Yet they failed to follow up or dig deeper. Instead, they blindly trusted former Planning Director Ian Costa and Deputy Director Imai Aiu, both of whom were subsequently removed from their posts without public explanation, and the advice of inexperienced Deputy County Attorney Ian Jung.
It also shows how the Council simply compounded the problem with its recent passage of the amended vacation rental bill, which allows non-compliant properties to slide on through since no inspections are required. You can thank Councilman Tim Bynum for that little gift to the speculators.
It's ugly, and it's sad, because this particular case illustrates so vividly how some developers have totally scammed the system as the county either looked the other way or abetted the deception.