County fast-track land buy raises questions

  • Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder
  • Ashley Kierkiewicz
  • Property set for purchase for Hele-On bus hub in Puna. (Hawaii County Real Property Tax Division/Courtesy image)

  • Locator map showing "the Hub" property. Google map.

HILO — A fast-tracked bill to buy land owned by a distant relative of Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz is raising questions after her relationship was disclosed when the County Council was asked to approve a $1.45 million appropriation for the purchase and construction of a bus depot there.