Maui County officials are asking the public to treat the new bus shelters with care after two of them were vandalized in Kihei last month.
The vandalism took place around March 27 near the South Kihei and Uwapo Park. Officials say it caused about $1,000 in damage.
Last year, vandals also damaged the bus shelter across from Luana Gardens on two different occasions — first on Sept. 4 and again on Dec. 31. Those incidents caused about $400 in damage.
In all cases, the damage mostly involved kicking out and/or bending the metal screen walls of the bus shelter. The shelters are new and were just dedicated last year.
“These bus shelters are everyone’s property as they are paid for with taxpayer dollars,” Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Please treat them with respect so that the community can continue to use them for years to come.”
Those who damage the bus shelters could be prosecuted for Criminal Property Damage which, depending on the amount of damage caused, can range from a petty misdemeanor up to a class C felony. Class C felonies are punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.