Residents push for fence after cemetery vandalism

Residents push for fence after cemetery vandalism

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Residents want a fence and gate with a combination lock installed at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Cemetery after the site was vandalized.

The Garden Island reports Gina Malia Nobrega-Olivera discovered the trashed cemetery and misplaced flowers and vases when she visited the gravesite of her only daughter, who was stillborn and buried in June.

Nobrega-Olivera, whose father is also buried at the cemetery, says while this isn't the first time the cemetery has been vandalized, this is the first time she's filed a police report.

She says a community member would provide the fence.

Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo says a fence could cause issues with permits and ensuring access for visitors, but that it's great the community's willing to privately fund it.

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