Vandals make a big (and pricey) mess at 2 Kauai parks

Vandals make a big (and pricey) mess at 2 Kauai parks
(Image: Kauai Police Department)
(Image: Kauai Police Department)

KAUAI (Hawaii News Now) - Vandals made a big mess at two Kauai beach parks in recent days — and authorities are looking for tips to hold them accountable.

On March 9, staff at Poipu Beach Park found that vandals had damaged a skylight in its renovated comfort station.

Then, on Thursday morning, park employees found that several light fixtures at the Hanapepe Cliffside Park had been burned.

"It is frustrating that these types of occurrences are becoming all too frequent in our parks," said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo, in a news release.

If repaired, the skylight at Poipu Beach Park would cost $1,500 to fix including parts and labor. The light fixtures at Hanapepe Park would cost $500 for parts and cleaning supplies.

Earlier in the month, vandals cut cables at a Poipu Beach Park playground. The cables have since been repaired.

Poipu Beach Park was part of a $670,000 county project to upgrade its heavily-used park facilities.

Improvements to the park were made as recently as late February.

The Hanapepe Cliffside Park comfort station was planned and constructed by community volunteers with the support of Kauai County.

"We are hoping the public can help to curb these incidents, as these parks are for our community members and visitors to enjoy," Rapozo said.

Kauai police ask that residents report suspicious activity to police dispatch at (808) 241-1711.

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