Tour operator files lawsuit over Waipi‘o road closure

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald In this 2022 file photo, a Waipi’o Valley guard talks with a tour group leader as the tour exits the Waipi’o Valley Lookout.

A tour operator is suing the county, Mayor Mitch Roth and Public Works Director Steve Pause, claiming restrictions placed on the company’s Waipi‘o Valley tours by the mayor’s emergency rules regarding Waipi‘o Valley Road amount to a “taking” of the company without due compensation.