Two days before an event to highlight the gay and lesbian community in Hawaii, someone tore into a sign advertising the 2014 Honolulu Pride parade and festival.
The vandalism was discovered Thursday morning at the entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park as event organizers met with city officials to discuss plans for Saturday’s parade.
Organizers say if the suspect is caught and eventually prosecuted, the state’s hate crime law allows for enhanced sentencing as punishment.
“We’re sorry that we live in a society that somebody has to strike out against a parade that’s here to celebrate life,” said chair Michael Golojuch Jr. “We don’t know who did it, but we have filed a police report and we hope they will find out and we are willing to prosecute.”
The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ala Moana Beach Park and ends at Kapiolani Park, where a festival takes place from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.