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A skate park in Hawaii Kai has been hit with vandalism of a different kind.
Vandalism that created a big danger for those who use Kamiloiki Skate Park.
It’s a little hard to see, but it’s there.
“The drops were covered, the rails were all covered, all the coping was all covered. It limited what they could actually do on the skate park,” parent Natalia Lugani said.
Surf wax, smeared all over. Those who use the skate park finding out first-hand about this danger.
“He when ride on top, he went down, he when slip, and then he when crack his head. This is wax, all this. All wax,” skater Criston Simon said.
The city says earlier this week, a skater alerted them about this vandalism. Skaters returned on Thursday, after the city shut down the area on Wednesday to power wash the surface.
The city doesn’t know who did this or why, but others believe:
“You can tell it was a skateboarder that did it because they knew exactly where people were going to go. Like the highly traffic areas,” skater Hunter Long said.
“They’re just idiots. They like ruin everybody’s fun,” Simon said.
The city says, “in addition to defacing city property, this type of vandalism can also cause injury and we hope this turns about to be an isolated incident.”
“It’s hard to avoid all the areas and you’re going at such a high-speed. It’s like hitting black ice on a car,” Long said.
“And then when you go down, and then when you go down, this just slides, and then, just boom, down on the ground,” Simon said.
The city owns 11 skate parks and says this is the first time they’ve had a problem with wax vandalism.
Everyone hopes it’s the last time.
“It’s scary enough watching my son skateboarding with all his helmet and gear on, but with the wax was a real danger,” Lugani said.
The city will file a police report and if the vandal is found, the city will press charges.