Farmer hopes reward will help catch vandals who destroyed crop
KAPOHO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island papaya farmer hopes a reward and a poster will help lead police to the vandals who destroyed his crop. Last week, Laureto Julian discovered thousands of his papaya trees chopped down. Police say, vandals destroyed about 8,500 trees on the 17-acre farm in Kapoho last Wednesday.
"I feel, I cry because this is my life, my family's life. Hopefully, whoever did this, please don't do it again because it really hurt me and all the farmers."
Julian and his family have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. They are also posting fliers across the Big Island.