LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities on Kauai are offering a $500 reward to bring a halt to a string of bomb threats that have disrupted Lihue-area schools during the last two weeks.
The threats were made against Kauai High School in February 17 and 23, and King Kaumualii Elementary Wednesday.
In each case, students had to be isolated, either on or off campus, while police investigated and the campuses were searched. At Kauai High, students were kept in the gymnasium.
"This is very serious, because what happens is that it takes away our resources and prevents us from doing other crime prevention measures that we have to do on a daily basis," Kauai Police Darryl Perry said.
The Kauai Chamber of Commerce is offering the reward, with money coming from the Kauai Business Council, Rotary Club of Kalepa Sunrise, and the Kauai Alternative Vacation Accommodation Association, among others.
"The money is really to incentivise, hopefully tipsters, to step forward in a very safe, anonymous environment to help us resolve this issue," said Chamber President Randy Francisco.
No bombs were found in any of the incidents.
Other bomb threats were made against Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, which was evacuated twice this week. But police apprehended two middle school students in connection with that case. Authorities do not believe the Chiefess Kamakahelei bomb threats are related to the others against Kauai High and King Kaumualii schools.
"We know that the majority of the kids here care about their schools, and others in the community are saying we gotta stand together, and as a business community, we're putting our money where our mouth is," Francisco said.
"Incidents like this really impacts all," said Bill Arakaki, the Kauai Complex Area school superintendent. "We need to put a stop to this. And with the help of this reward, we can get to the bottom of this."
Making a bomb threat is classified as first-degree terroristic threatening, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kauai Police dispatch at 241-1711, Kauai Crime Stoppers at 241-1887, or Detective Bernard Purisma at 241-1682.