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Two years later the lighthouse was equipped with a radio beacon

Post by jancancook on Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:12 am

Two years later the lighthouse was equipped with a radio beacon, the first in Hawaii. As this required a generating station the lamp was changed from oil vapor to a 500W incandescent bulb.[3] The light was automated in 1974, the radiobeacon having been discontinued the previous year.[14] Shortly thereafter the lighthouse keeper's quarters were used to house witnesses in the federal tax evasion case of Wilford "Nappy" Pulawa.[3][21]

The isolated location left the buildings vulnerable to vandalism, including a 1984 incident in which a hole was shot in the lens. In 1987 the Coast Guard declared much of the land around the light surplus, and it was turned over to the State of Hawaii. One of the buildings was then seized by an armed group of native Hawaiians as part of a land ownership protest; after several weeks, however, the squatters were evicted without bloodshed, and buildings were razed.[3][21] The light remains in control of the coast guard, surrounded by state-owned land; the trail leads to the light, and it is a popular destination for hikers.[13][21]

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