Aiea residents hold town meeting to tackle vandalism

Rose Downie
Rose Downie
Tad Yamaguchi
Tad Yamaguchi

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) - "Not in my community." It's the concensus of Aiea homeowners after vandals trashed their homes and cars about a month ago. A town hall meeting Tuesday night aimed to tackle that threat.

A group of vandals caused more than $8,500 in damage in late March. Fearing things will only get worse, neighbors are focused on avoiding another attack.

"Let's see if he's home," said Neighborhood Board President Rose Downie.

Rose Downie's sneakers no doubt see a lot of steps. Door to door, she organizes an effort to unify fellow Aiea residents.

"We don't get together enough and that's what I'd like to see," said Downie.

In late March, three vandals shattered windshields and windows of homes and cars parked on Kalaloa Street. Some have been repaired, others leave the damage untouched.

"I want everyone else to be involved with us," said Downie.

Downie and other Aiea residents take their concerns to a town hall meeting.

"Got to nip it in the butt before it gets out of control," said Resident Tad Yamaguchi.

Criminal property damage calls to Honolulu Police in the area have tripled since January.

"If enough people say something about it maybe something will be done," said Yamaguchi.

More than 40 on hand hope ideas like renewed emphasis on a neighborhood watch program and community patrols will help.

"We have five different communities and if we can work together we can work things out," said Downie.

Random acts of vandalism happen all the time, but with increased communication to correct the problem, the hope is that the feared familiar sight of shattered glass specs on the street goes away for good.

The neighborhood board wants to bring back it's evening citizens patrol to increase their presence.

Also, by organizing block parties to socialize and interact, the hope is that people will develop pride for the area, which in turn will protect their community.