The Columbus Dispatch

Zuckerberg buys more Hawaii land, including deadly dam site


Billionair­e Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has purchased more property in Hawaii, including most of a reservoir that unleashed a deadly flood 15 years ago.

Property records show Zuckerberg’s Kaloko LLC bought a 110-acre site on Kauai last month for $17 million from a company owned by the Pflueger family, the Honolulu Staradvert­iser reported.

The purchase includes most of a reservoir that flooded in 2006, killing seven people, after a section of a dam burst following 40 days of near-constant rain.

Zucerkberg and wife Priscilla Chang are committed to doing their part of fulfilling legal requiremen­ts and promoting safety of the reservoir, said Ben Labolt, a spokesman for the couple.

The couple plan to extend farming, ranching, conservati­on and wildlife protection work on the land, Labolt said. They already had 1,300 acres on the island.

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