Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is irritating his neighbors in Hawaii by building a large wall on his property.
According to a write-up in the West Hawaii Today, residents of the islands of Kauai are irritated that Zuckerberg is obscuring a splendid ocean view by erecting a six-foot wall along much of his $20 million, 700-acre property.
“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” local resident Gy Hall told the 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.”
Another resident, Shosana Chantara, said the wall’s height isn’t just blocking the view, but is also blocking a pleasant ocean breeze that once blew into the area. A third, Donna Mcmillen, bluntly labeled it a “monstrosity.”
In a statement given to Gizmodo, a “spokesperson for the wall project” said the wall was intended to block noise from a nearby highway. The statement emphasized that the wall was completely legal and accorded with all local regulations.
It isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has shown a proclivity for wall-building in his private life. In 2013, it emerged that he’d spent $30 million to buy four houses adjacent to his Palo Alto home, which he then surrounded with an immense mesh fence.
But outside his private life, Zuckerberg has frequently been a critic of walls, encouraging mass immigration and denouncing Donald Trump’s proposal to erect a wall on the Mexican border.
“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade and, in some cases around the world, even cutting access to the internet,” he said at a San Francisco developers’ conference held in April.
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