Calls for greater police presence in Waikiki grow after brutal attack

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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A rash of crime in Waikiki is prompting calls for more action by the city and police.

The latest case involves a 21-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier, who was savagely beaten with a bat and repeatedly stabbed early Friday.

The soldier was critically injured, and has since been upgraded to serious condition.

"Something needs to be done," said Waikiki resident David Moskowitz. "I'm pleading with the mayor to get some police on the street, on their feet, in these areas, taking care of this problem."

Sources say a 14-year-old boy was arrested early Friday after the attack, which happened near the intersection of Lewers Street and Kalakaua Avenue.

Sources say three suspects stabbed him, beat him with a bat, and kicked him several times.

Waikiki Neighborhood Board Chair Robert Finley is calling for more cameras in the area.

"Its a black eye for Waikiki when something like this happens," he said. "But we've been asking for years to install more cameras in Waikiki."

He said he recently did get some good news: The mayor told him that cameras would be installed on Kuhio and Kalakaua avenues.

An Uber driver, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation, said he was attacked on Lewers after trying to save a woman who was being beaten.

And less than three weeks ago, a shooting on Seaside Avenue and Kuhio Avenue left 22-year-old Maleko Remlinger dead.

"We need to have more HPD in troubled zones in Waikiki," Moskowitz said. "I'm disgusted with what's going on in Waikiki. This atmosphere of violence."

Police have opened an attempted murder investigation following Friday's attack.

According to police, the victim was at a nearby Waikiki bar earlier in the evening, but it's unclear what led up to the incident.

They say the 21-year-old doesn't know his attackers.

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