KEEHI LAGOON, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A canoe club returned from Mother's Day weekend to vandalized equipment at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach.
"We practiced on Friday and came back Monday, saw the canoe upside down and I look towards the water then we see our ama broken in half," said Gino Dayton, owner of Keola O Ke Kai canoe club.
The club usually leaves its seven practice canoes onshore when not in commission.
"It's been to the point where it's been happening a lot and where it's costing us money," Dayton said.
The damaged equipment is nearly $2,000 to replace. It's also costing the students crucial practice time.
"The ama keeps us from sinking so when it breaks, that means it's one canoe down and we can't practice and its going to be harder for us," said paddler Jackie Ragodos.
"It's not just a canoe, it's a part of us, so I feel disrespected," said another paddler, Napu San Nicolas.
Vandalism has been a longtime problem at the park. In March, a fire destroyed one of the bathrooms.
"It's upsetting, but you can't get mad because you take the risk of being here on a public venue and park," said Dayton.
Dayton says he has noticed kids jumping on his canoes in the past, but he doesn't scold them. Instead, Dayton tries to recruit them.
"I'm willing to teach kids that don't understand the sport and maybe if they understand and know what canoe paddling is all about they'll respect it more," said Dayton.
In the meantime, the club is asking for more help from the city and police.
"We would love to have them do a patrol and make their presence known," Dayton said.
Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact Honolulu Police.