DLNR: Graffiti found on Mauna Kea; Criminal investigation initiated

State officials are asking the public for assistance after graffiti was found painted on rock on Mauna Kea.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) says that at mid-morning on Friday, April 28, the graffiti was found within the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve. Graffiti was found painted on various areas of Mauna Kea property managed by the UH Office of Mauna Kea Management.

Because of the historical nature of this site, all geological features, including rocks, are protected under the Hawaii Administrative Rules (PDF).

A criminal investigation has been initiated.

Officials ask that anyone with information relating to this case to contact the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Hawaii Branch Office at (808) 933-3460 or call the DOCARE statewide hotline at 643-DLNR.


HRS §195-8 Penalty. (a) Any person who violates any of the laws and rules applicable to the reserves system, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, for each offense.
(b) Except as otherwise provided by law, the board or its authorized representative by proper delegation is authorized to set, charge, and collect administrative fines or bring legal action to recover administrative fees and costs as documented by receipts or affidavit, including attorneys’ fees and costs; or bring legal action to recover administrative fines, fees, and costs, including attorneys’ fees and costs, or payment for damages or for the cost to correct damages resulting from a violation of this chapter or any rule adopted thereunder. The administrative fines shall be as follows:
(1) For a first violation, a fine of not more than $2,500;
(2) For a second violation within five years of a previous violation, a fine of not more than $5,000; and
(3) For a third or subsequent violation within five years of the last violation, a fine of not more than $10,000.
(c) Any criminal action against a person for any violation of this chapter or any rule adopted thereunder shall not be deemed to preclude the State from pursuing civil legal action to recover administrative fines and costs against that person. Any civil legal action against a person to recover administrative fines and costs for any violation of this chapter or any rule adopted thereunder shall not be deemed to preclude the State from pursuing any criminal action against that person. [L 1970, c 139, pt of §1; am L 1981, c 74, §1; am L 2001, c 93, §1]

Credit: Hawaii DLNR
Mauna Kea Ice Age MAP (DLNR)

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