Makakilo and Sandy Beach park bathrooms damaged by vandals

Sandy Beach

The Honolulu Police Department is investigating two separate cases of vandalism at Makakilo Community Park and Sandy Beach Park over the weekend, classified respectively as second-degree and third-degree criminal property damage.

The vandalism at one of the men’s bathrooms at Sandy Beach Park left sinks torn out of the wall, along with broken drains, urinal valves and toilet paper dispensers. The person or persons responsible also burned a nearby trash container.

Vandals also struck the recreation center at Makakilo Community Park by painting profanity-laced graffiti on the exterior of the building as well as the van used by staff.

Crews with the Department of Parks and Recreation are working to get the damaged bathroom facilities at Sandy Beach Park repaired as soon as possible. The second comfort station located on the Makapu‘u side of the park is currently closed and undergoing partial demolition as work crews renovate exterior portions of the structure, including walls, columns, plumbing fixtures and roof.

Three portable bathroom facilities are being provided to the public, and the city is determining if more is needed in light of the recent vandalism.

The malicious acts of graffiti at Makakilo Community Park directly impacted Parks and Recreation programming, in particular a senior group that nearly missed an event due to the crime. The quick response of dedicated park staff made the van presentable and available for use, and the graffiti on the recreation center is also being addressed.

Mayor Caldwell and department staff urge anyone with information about these crimes to contact HPD or CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300. Criminal property damage can be punishable by jail time and fines.

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