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Vandals destroy stone marker for Oahu ahupuaa

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:28 p.m. HST, Aug 26, 2013

KAILUA, Hawaii >> Vandals destroyed a stone marker on Oahu’s windward side just weeks after it was dedicated.

The stones mark the traditional boundary between the ahupuaa — traditional mountain to ocean land divisions — of Kaneohe and Kailua.

Mahealani Cypher of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club said the stone marker is meant to educate people about ahupuaa and people’s kuleana, or responsibility, to take care of the area in the ahupuaa.

Representatives from Hawaiian civic clubs, government agencies and community groups blessed the ahu last month.

The stones were vandalized between 2:30 and 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, Hawaii News Now reported (http://bit.ly/15p05AD).

“Everyone was devastated. It was really disheartening because it was a symbol of reintroducing the Hawaiian concept of stewardship and caring for our resources,” Cypher said.

Club members hope someone saw what happened and will report it to the police. The marker is at Castle Junction, a busy intersection where Pali Highway and Kamehameha Highway meet.

Members filed a police report for the damage estimated at $2,500. They said they’re dismayed by this display of disrespect for Hawaiian culture, but they’re determined not to let it stop their educational efforts.

“Our project team will work with community leaders and come up with a plan to rebuild. We do intend to rebuild that ahu. We will not be defeated by vandalism,” Cypher said.

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lokela wrote:
No worry. When they go sleep and dream it's going to be a special one...
on August 26,2013 | 12:41PM
stanmanley wrote:
Vandals better go find a Kahuna quick.
on August 26,2013 | 12:47PM
kiragirl wrote:
No respect. Yep. The Aloha State.
on August 26,2013 | 12:50PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Unfortunately a sad reflection of society today. I am old enough to remember when there was no graffiti on O’ahu and no one would even think of this type of vandalism. Truly heart breaking!
on August 26,2013 | 01:05PM
allie wrote:
Please return it..no questions asked. It is a precious cultural artifact!
on August 26,2013 | 01:08PM
JBS wrote:
Ummm...allie... Nothing was taken. Just ruined/destroyed. Yikes!
on August 26,2013 | 02:07PM
kuewa wrote:
According to the article, the ahu was vandalized and destroyed, not stolen. And it was a new ahu, not a cultural artifact. The actions of the vandals are still wrong, of course.
on August 26,2013 | 02:10PM
JBS wrote:
Totally agree Kuewa. Allie just has a track record of not actually grasping the subject of a story.
on August 26,2013 | 02:12PM
eoe wrote:
No, as soon as Hawaiian hands touch something it is sacred.
on August 26,2013 | 02:23PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Another "hater" heard from.
on August 26,2013 | 04:09PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Oh gawd, now you care about Hawaiian culture? Make up your mind, spaz.
on August 26,2013 | 03:25PM
Tarakian wrote:
Maybe they thought it was a heathen heiau dedicated to a heathen god? I suggest they rebuild it with a permanent sign explaining what it is, especially if they, the civic club, wants to educate.
on August 26,2013 | 01:11PM
Grimbold wrote:
This destruction will happen again and again, simply because it is easy to do fun to some people to do. Why not make an adjustment to modern times and strengthen it with mortar joints?
on August 27,2013 | 11:40PM
808wavewarrior wrote:
Shame on them.
on August 26,2013 | 01:28PM
sak wrote:
Bachi, Karma, whatever goes around comes around, just a No Class Act for what purpose, Fun?
on August 26,2013 | 02:13PM
inverse wrote:
Why don't they restore it back to what it was, except use clear epoxy like a mortar between the stones so it looks the same but will not be easily demolished.
on August 26,2013 | 02:49PM
CriticalReader wrote:
That's going to happen again and again unless the rocks are secured in place. And, it's unclear to me if it is even "Illegal" to disassemble the structure or even take the rocks. Signage would also be a good thing to install. I've seen that structure before and had no idea what it was, or its significance, before these recent news reports. Is it government property or private property? Actually, I think it crossed my mind that the rocks were being stored for some highways project. But then again, I did notice the careful placement and symmetry of the structure. Just didn't really focus on it much, and probably wouldn't have noticed if it had been removed.
on August 26,2013 | 03:15PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The Hawaiian Civic Clubs in recent years have become politically aggressive. They use culture and history as political weapons to assert dominance and control. In February 2006 the rockpile (ahu) at Iolani Palace was destroyed by vandals who scattered the rocks. That rockpile was built in January 1993 for the political purpose of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the monarchy. The rockpile was built to be symbolic of rebuilding a sovereign nation on the grounds of the capitol of that nation. At the time the rockpile was vandalized I published a webpage pointing out that if religion and history are used in building a "shrine" for a political purpose, then it might be morally permissible to tear down such a "shrine" as a way of making a political statement. Perhaps the same could be said of the rockpile used as an ahupua'a boundary marker at Castle Junction. The Castle rockpile is not ancient -- it was only recently built. The civic clubs building that marker are like a cat putting a scent mark on its territory. A vandal destroying the marker is like a homeowner cleaning up the scent mark. Maybe. It's worth thinking about. The Castle rockpile is sort of like a 3-dimensional piece of graffiti. It has no moral or spiritual right to be there. It was erected for a political purpose, and people with an opposite political viewpoint have, perhaps, the same right to tear it down as the erectors had to put it up. Read all about the vandalism of the Iolani Palace rockpile at
on August 26,2013 | 07:55PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Hawaiian-hater Ken has just confessed. He's going to tear down the next "rockpile" he sees.
on August 27,2013 | 02:35AM
inverse wrote:
Unlike Conklin, I don't the vandals were making any political statement. Probably thought it was fun for them to 'rearrange' the rock structure.
on August 27,2013 | 05:32AM
Grimbold wrote:
Ken knows more than you hana..
on August 27,2013 | 11:38PM
Frances wrote:
Mr. Conklin is one of those mean-spirited people who seems to feel he must use his verbal boot to stomp down on anything Hawaiian. When I recall the many nasty, negative comments he has made over the years about the Hawaiian people, it is clear to me that he does not like Native Hawaiians unless they are his servants. The only reason he stays in the islands is probably because he feels he is superior to our host culture. He will accuse any Hawaiian of various things, always trying to make us think that his opinion is fact. He is filled with poison and venom, symbolic of the diseases that were brought to the islands centuries ago. He will probably not be satisfied until every Hawaiian is subjugated or dead. I see his words as threats - did he hire someone to destroy the ahu? I would not be surprised.
on August 27,2013 | 06:07AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
That is so true. You should view the comments he posts under the Kauakukalahale column each Saturday. One particular set of comments to note would be under the January 5th 2013 column where he attacks a dead man, Soli Niheu, and his family. His racism has no bounds.
on August 27,2013 | 06:38AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
You, KenKKonklin, have absolutely NO diploma or formal education in Hawaiian ANYTHING to type out this type of judgment against Hawaiians and the Hawaiian culture. Basically, you're saying that you know Hawaiian culture better than the Hawaiians and everyone should listen to YOU, not them. How arrogantly racist and narcissistic of you! You know NOTHING of Hawaiian culture to state these kinds of lies and fantasies.
on August 27,2013 | 06:33AM
syhud wrote:
Right on Ken!
on August 27,2013 | 06:17PM
hanoz808 wrote:
that is just horrible! the uhanes will be after them
on August 26,2013 | 04:27PM
syhud wrote:
Didn't anyone involved in the building of these stone markers take into mind that vandalism can or will occur? It's gonna happen!
on August 27,2013 | 06:14PM
jomama wrote:
Maybe they can get another $2,500 grant to rebuild it.
on August 27,2013 | 09:49PM
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