A community center in Moiliili has been hit by vandals ... repeatedly

A community center in Moiliili has been hit by vandals ... repeatedly

MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Leaders of the Moiliili Community Center are fed up with repeated vandalism.

"They're hurting the seniors and the children and families," Executive Director Nadine Nishioka said. "Hopefully whoever is doing this will see this and they don't come back."

Over the weekend, vandals targeted the center and cracked the windshield of a small bus. Before that, tires on vans were slashed.

"These vehicles are used to bring seniors for their meals each day. If we can't pick them up, they go without a meal," Nishioka said.

The center also uses the buses to transport children to Japanese language and after school programs.

The Moiliili Community Center is a private non-profit that works off of donations. They serve hundreds of kids and seniors monthly.

"A lot of the funds used to repair the vehicles are taken away from the program. Everything we do here for our seniors is at no cost to them," Nishioka added.

[Click here to view photos of the vandalism.]

There are security cameras at the facility, but they were unable to capture the culprits' face.

Last spring, the community came together after vandals defaced 40-year-old murals at the center.

The murals were repainted by the hands of volunteers. Now, after this recent episode of vandalism, the center is increasing security in hopes it will deter future vandals.

Nishioka says they are investing in a better security camera system that will help identify faces of intruders.

"We ask for the community's help in recognizing these people," Nishioka said.

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or the center at 955-1555.

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