Citizens patrol Ala Moana area after several violent attacks

Citizens patrol area in wake of 3 stabbings and a hit and run
Twice a week, a citizens patrol group walks the streets in the Ala Moana area, armed with graffiti erasers.

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No one has been arrested yet in the hit and run case from over the weekend.

It’s the latest in a string of violent attacks in the area over the past month.

Community members say enough is enough.

Twice a week, a citizens patrol group walks the streets in the Ala Moana area, armed with graffiti erasers.

“We’re just eyes and ears for HPD.”

But lately, graffiti has been the least of their worries.

In just the past month in the Ala Moana area, there have been three stabbings and a hit-and-run crash.  And all of them happened in the early morning hours, and started off with fights between two groups.

Larry Hurst is not only a citizen patrol, he’s also the Ala Moana – Kakaako Neighborhood Board Chair.

“One reason I got into the being a representative for the people is because so many people are afraid.”

When asked what’s his reaction to hearing about the recent hit and run in the area, he replied: “It just doesn’t surprise me.”

He says that’s because there are so many bars and night clubs in the area.

“Wherever these bars are is wherever these crimes are.”

The hit and run crash happened around 4 a.m. Saturday outside of a night club on Kona Street.

Patrick Akana was run over by a car, and is still recovering in the hospital.

“I honestly thought I was going to die or be paralyzed.”

The driver who did this to him is still on the loose.

Larry says it’ll take more than just a small group of people to wipe out crime in the area.

Witnesses say the car that fled was a white Volkswagen bug with a rear spoiler, but they didn’t get a license plate number.

If you have any information that can help investigators with this case, call HPD’s Traffic Division.

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