Man caught on camera after tipping over headstones in cemetery near Kawaiahao Church

Man caught on camera after tipping over headstones in cemetery near Kawaiahao Church
File photo of the historic cemetery at the Hawaiian Mission Houses. (Image: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - About a week before 27 headstones were reported damaged at the Kawaiahao Church cemetery, a man was caught on camera after tipping over a headstone at the nearby Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Cemetery, according to police.

The well-noted act of vandalism at Kawaiaho Church last week triggered outrage by family members of those who were interred there.

In the days after the incident, cemetery experts guided Kawaiahao Church members and volunteers as they attempted to right the heavy headstones that had been toppled over.

But a week before the incident took place, a witness took a photo of an unidentified male suspect who was seen toppling a headstone at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Cemetery, which is also on the grounds of Kawaiahao Church.

The man was of slim build and in his 20s to 30s. He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, black shorts and a bright fluorescent orange backpack.
The man was of slim build and in his 20s to 30s. He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, black shorts and a bright fluorescent orange backpack.

The photo was taken at around 4:40 p.m. before the suspect fled in an unknown direction. The man was of slim build and appeared to have been in his 20s or 30s.

He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, black shorts and a bright fluorescent orange backpack.

So far, Honolulu police officials say there is no evidence that would signal a link between the two incidents.

Brickwood Galuteria, chair of the Kawaiahao Church board of trustees, said last week that the church is now looking into its insurance policies, but is assuring the families that it will pay for the damage.

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