Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is building a 6-foot high wall around his property on the Hawaiian island of Kauai and most local residents are far from happy about it.
Neighbors say it damages the local landscape and one even described it as a “monstrosity,” according to West Hawaii Today.
“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Gy Hall told West Hawaii Today. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”
Zuckerberg spent $200 million on the 700-plus acre property.
“(The crew) put some boards up, so you can see the future projection of the wall and what it will cut off,” Hall added. “It’s quite dramatic because you can see all the pasture land and ocean underneath the boards.”
Shosana Chantara, another resident, made contact with Shawn Smith, who reportedly sold Zuckerberg the land.
“He’s very gracious about being willing to meet with people,” said Chantara. “It’s just that he told me very clearly that nothing will change. I’m not quite sure how much that will accomplish, but I am going to meet with him.”
Although majority opinion is against Zuckerberg’s planned wall, the Facebook owner does enjoy support from one neighbor.
“I find that it greatly enhances the natural beauty of the land, appropriately makes use of local materials and serves as a tasteful reminder of an ancient method of defining boundaries,” wrote Thomas Beebe.
A statement from the head of Zuckerberg’s project on Kauai also defended the planned construction.
“Rock walls like this one being built along the roadway are routinely used as sound barriers to reduce highway and road noise, and that is its primary purpose,” the statement to the New York Post said.
The use of local materials to construct the wall hasn’t convinced everyone, however.
“It’s a beautiful island, and, by and large, people care for one another. That would include Mark,” Chantara told West Hawaii Today. “In the case of this wall, all he needs to do is take it down, so people have the view and the breeze back. It would end all discussion. That’s all we’re asking.”