MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mililani Ike Elementary is on alert after three incidents of suspicious vehicles on campus since late September. The most recent one happened on Friday.
Emily Cavaco has two children attending the school. She received a letter from the principal on Monday that warned parents about the latest disturbing encounter on campus.
"I felt like this was a definite heightening, more bold behavior, and the close proximity of the buildings to the road is a concern. The school has accessibility issues," said Cavaco.
A man was seen taking pictures of the office and cafeteria at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Authorities said he drove up to two students, got out, and stood with his arms up to them. He took off when a staff member showed up. This comes after two other incidents in late September in which men drove through the school's drop-off lane and took photos, but sped off when spotted by employees.
"It's all under investigation. We don't know if they're connected, if they're isolated. We continue to let our parents know," said principal Lynne Ajifu.
Nearly 1,000 students from kindergarten through 5th grade attend Mililani Ike Elementary. The school has been tightening its procedures and reviewing stranger safety with students. Police have also stepped up patrols around the campus.
"They're taking some safety measures to keep the children more away from the front of the building. They've changed the pick up procedures a bit and just more vigilance with the folks on campus," said Cavaco.
"Our staff all know the procedures, as well as our students. So we're very proud cause in each incident, it was notified by our staff member so immediately procedures were taken and the students' safety was never in jeopardy," said Ajifu.
The man in Friday's incident is described as 5'8" with a stubble mustache and short hair. He had sunglasses on and was dressed in all black, including gloves. He drove a white four-door sedan with tinted windows and black curtains in the rear window.
Some parents would like to see additional safety measures, such as more school security and volunteer patrols. Administrators plan to host a meeting night for families next week.