Breadfruit thrown at tour bus injures visitor

(Image: Valerie Zaugg)
(Image: Valerie Zaugg)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A visitor from Utah is healing after a breadfruit was thrown at the tour bus she was on and struck her face.

Valerie Zaugg said she left the Polynesian Cultural Center on the tour bus on Dec. 22.

While traveling on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa, Zaugg saw a young person on the side of the road throw something at the bus. The object shattered a window, bounced off a chair, and hit her in the nose.

"Nobody knew what it was," Zaugg said. "My husband thought it was a gunshot because it was dark. I remember getting up and I could feel the blood rushing down my face and I'm just screaming 'pull over, pull over.'"

They later saw that the thrown object was a breadfruit.

Zaugg, who is a nurse practitioner, suffered facial injuries, including bruises and shards of glass in her eye.

"I felt fortunate to be alive. I felt fortunate I had my eyesight in both my eyes. You know, it could have been really bad," she said.

Zaugg filed a police report, but officers have not made any arrests. Surveillance video from an area resident shows three males running away from the area around the time of the incident. She posted a plea on social media and her story has taken off.

"People all over Hawaii just saying they are so sorry, you know, talking about the Aloha Spirit and they wish me the best and they hope the person gets found," she said.

Zaugg took a flight back to Utah on Saturday night.

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