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Vandals destroy park bathrooms in Kahuku

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KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Jonah Lessard and his friends come to Kahuku District Park about five times a week. If they had to use the restroom on Wednesday, they had to go somewhere else.

"I went in there today hoping to use the bathroom and when we got there it was just destroyed. Looked like someone came in with a sledgehammer and kind of busted everything apart,” Lessard said.

Honolulu park staff discovered a destroyed sink, toilet, and urinal in the men's bathroom Wednesday morning. It’s the latest target in a string of park bathroom vandalism that city officials are calling senseless.

"We have no idea why someone would do something like this. It's very frustrating because when they destroy this bathroom they're preventing people from using it and these are Oahu families, North Shore families that enjoy this park and they have nowhere to go to the bathroom. There's nothing to gain by it, it costs taxpayers money, it's extremely frustrating,” said city spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke.

A police report was filed, but so far no arrests...just like many other recent vandalisms from a burned bathroom at Kaiaka Beach Park in Waialua to destruction at Keehi Lagoon facilities and Fern Community Park.

Authorities don't know who is doing it and aren't sure why vandals have been targeting public restrooms, but the frustration is definitely growing as city leaders brainstorm new ways to protect public facilities.

As parks crews repair the damage, the city is preparing to spend more money on security.

Just this week the mayor revealed plans to install gates with locks at some facilities and others will get motion-activated cameras that take photos. The price tag is about $4,000 each. Hans L'Orange park in Waipahu already has one.

"Positive difference for us, we haven't seen any vandalism since that time,” said Parks Director Michele Nekota.

The mayor is asking anyone who witnesses vandalism at parks to call Honolulu police immediately. There is no cost estimate for the damage done to the men’s bathroom at Kahuku District Park. 

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