LILIHA, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four people were arrested after a suspected gambling parlor was raided Tuesday night in Liliha, Honolulu police said.
Neighbors say officers were out near the intersection of Kuakini and Liliha streets for hours dismantling what they described as an illegal game room business that once used to be a daycare center.
Eyewitnesses say it was a pretty significant bust. The vice squad loaded up at least two moving trucks with numerous large arcade games.
Four women were arrested at the scene: 24-year-old Vyvy Huynh, 22-year-old Noel Morris, 38-year-old Uluwehi Nehring and 40-year-old Elona Keanini.
They face various charges of promoting gambling, possessing gambling equipment and criminal contempt.
There has been a large-scale effort in recent years by Honolulu police and prosecutors to crack down on illegal game rooms, which have popped up across Oahu. Raids have targeted illegal card rooms and gambling dens filled with video poker, slots, and other prohibited arcade-style gaming machines.
An annual report released by the City and County of Honolulu indicates that in 2015, HPD's gambling detail conducted 65 operations and made 43 arrests. More than 240 illegal gambling machines valued at $1.75 million were seized along with nearly $230,000 in cash.
An individual who is caught gambling faces misdemeanor charges, but the punishment is much more severe for anyone accused of owning or operating a gaming room.
If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison for promoting gambling or up to decade behind bars for racketeering.