Hawaii investigates unsolicited land offers as the state tries to keep Lahaina in local hands

Hawaii is opening several investigations into people who allegedly have made unsolicited offers for property in the fire-stricken town of Lahaina in violation of a new emergency order.

Gov. Josh Green has prohibited such offers by signing an emergency proclamation earlier aimed at preventing land in the historic coastal community from flowing into the hands of outside buyers.

Green told The Associated Press the order aims to give residents some “breathing room” as they decide what to do next.

Earlier this month Green said he wanted to impose a moratorium on Lahaina land sales. He says the prohibition on unsolicited offers is a “de facto” moratorium.