Giant, elaborate graffiti discovered on Honolulu rail car
WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of Honolulu's pricey new rail cars was covered with elaborate vandalism overnight, and Honolulu Police are trying to figure out who is responsible.
A giant mural stretches across the full length of one of the four cars that arrived on the island just last month. The intricate graffiti reaches all the way up to the car's roof and over its windows.
While some may find it pretty, it's still a criminal act.
"People should be outraged. These are very expensive trains that we bought. Probably about $2 million a car," said Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Spokesman Bill Brennan.
The cars sit in the rail Operations Center next to Leeward Community College. The building is locked at 4 p.m. and reopened at 6 a.m.
"For anyone to go in there and deface it to the extent they did is pretty outrageous," said Brennan.
Taxpayers who spoke to Hawaii News Now were both impressed and outraged by the graffiti.
"It's shocking that somebody would go in there and spend that much time to deface something that we spent so much money on already," said Moke Ramos-Kia Tupua, a rail supporter.
"It looks like it took a long time. I would ask, 'What's going on with your security?'" said Reiko Bryant, who also supports rail.
Surveillance cameras are in place, but the City says it is increasing security after this incident.
Crews are working to remove the paint. Rail officials say insurance will cover the cost of the removal.
Honolulu Police are investigating this case as a burglary.
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