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Vandals torch North Shore park’s portable toilets again


    This photo taken last month shows where four portable toilets were destroyed by an arsonist.


    Arsonists burned down a second set of portable toilets at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park in Haleiwa. The toilets replaced four other portable toilets burned down last month.

Vandals struck at the North Shore’s Kaiaka Bay Beach Park yet again Thursday morning, setting fire to one of two new portable toilets that had been placed there in recent days.

The incident happened at about 6:20 a.m., city Deputy Managing Director Georgette Deemer said. It’s not clear if the portable can be repaired, she said.

The two portables were placed at the Haleiwa park earlier this week, Deemer said.

Deemer urged anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has information to call police at 911 as they should for any other crime.

The two temporary toilets were replacements for four portables that were torched and destroyed the night of Feb. 22.

Those four portables were placed there as a temporary replacement in 2014 when a permanent comfort station was destroyed by fire, which fire investigators determined was caused by arson.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell voiced outrage at the destruction. “Whoever did this hurt everyone,” he told reporters. “It’s hard enough to maintain our parks but when this happens, it just makes it impossible.”

The city is in the process of replacing the permanent restroom structure at a cost of about $500,000 and a deal is expected to be inked soon.

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    • Not. This is the low level drug dealers marking off their territory, like a dog pizzes on a fire hydrandt. Note thea the local FBI and DEA and HPD look the other way while the big shots who handle the drugs the low level bums make a living from go aobut their business raking in big bucks that then need to be laundered in legit businesses. Get a clue.

  • If the portable toilets were outsourced through a C&C procurement contract bid as it probably was, the biding competitor may well be the suspect. It is a strong-arm tactic sending a message to eliminate the competition. It is corruption and ruthlessness to it’s very core. It has happened before, repeating history.

  • This is what happens when you choose to turn a blind eye to the homeless and/or continually release criminals BACK onto our streets.

    • I’m interested as to how you came to the conclusion that homelessness is not being addressed. True the solutions might not have been viable, but that doesn’t meant the government is ignoring it. And how do you address the fact that prison populations are at all time highs, triple what they were in the 80s.

  • I remember several years ago that locals were blaming tourists for the criminal property destruction of the public restrooms at our beaches…yeah, right…….its the locals who are ruining our infrastructure…..nothing more and nothing less and that incl. the trash and litter etc…you can blame the homeless all you want but if these idiots were caught, im willing to lay money that they are just local young punks trying to get a kick out of their stupidity.

  • Many municipalities procure stainless steel toilets which tend to resist destruction. Arson presents another problem in that it will eventually progress to habitable building with people inside. Arsonist have mental problems and each episode intensify the malady.

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