Paddlers disappointed, but undeterred after dozens of canoes vandalized


JOE: DISAPPOINTED AND SICK TO THEIR STOMACHS. THAT’S HOW MEMBERS OF AN OAHU CANOE CLUB SAY THEY FEEL AFTER MORE THAN A DOZEN OF THEIR CANOES WERE VANDALIZED. ELYSSA AREVALO SHOWS US THE DAMAGE… AND TELLS US THIS WON’T SLOW THEM DOWN…ELYSSA? ELYSSA: JOE, HUI NALU CLUB MEMBERS TELL ME THEYRE JUST NOT SURE WHY SOMEONE WOULD DO THIS BUT THIS ALSO ISNT THE FIRST TIME they’ve HEARD OF A CANOE CLUB BEING VANDALIZED. I’M TOLD A FEW CLUB MEMBERS WERE ABOUT A HALF MILE OUT IN MAUNALUA BAY MONDAY MORNING WHEN THEY FIRST NOTICED THE DAMAGE. PATRICK MULCAHY/HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER: “we were out at the 1-2 bouy and on our way back when we noticed the ropes holding the ama were sliced and cut THE MEMBERS REALIZED THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE WHEN THEY GOT BACK TO SHORE. PATRICK MULCAHY/CLUB MEMBER: “the ropes had been cut on 16 boats and a total of 25 amas were affected KONA BAKER/ HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER: “ama is what keeps us from flipping over back and forth so its vital, we cant go out basically” KONA BAKER/ HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER: “there’s so many things to do in hawaii and to just do a senseless act like this STAND UP: MEMBERS TELL ME IT LOOKS LIKE ONLY THEIR CLUB CANOES WERE TARGETED. I’M TOLD OTHER CANOE CLUBS ON ISLAND HAVE ALSO BEEN HIT WITH VANDALISM OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS” KONA BAKER/HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER: “it saddens me that with all these beautiful things in hawaii, they would just have to do something like this” I mean it sickens me to my stomach” TIFFANY ARAPARI/HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER “its just really disappointing that someone would do this. it takes a lot of time to rig all these boats and get everything ready” I’M TOLD HUI NALU HAS OVER 500 MEMBERS.. 8 YEARS OLD TO 80 YEARS OLD. THE CANOES ARE ALSO USED FOR AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. MORE THAN A DOZEN MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER TO FIX THE RIGGING BEFORE KIDS GOT OUT OF SCHOOL MONDAY AFTERNOON. MEMBERS HAVE THIS MESSAGE FOR THE VANDALS. KONA BAKER/HUI NALU CLUB MEMBER: come paddle. I mean join the club and you’ll see how important it is to us” ELYSSA: WE REACHED OUT TO H- P-D TO FIND OUT IF THERE’VE BEEN ANY OTHER REPORTS OF VANDALISM AT MAUNALUA BAY. THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO OUR REQUEST. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOURE ASKED TO CALL POLICE. ELYSSA AREVALO KHON 2 NEWS

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