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Military man charged with urinating on Hawaiian burial mound at zoo

A 21-year-old military man has been charged with urinating on a burial mound protecting the skeletal remains of 200 Hawaiians outside Waikiki Zoo.

Cody Pace, of a Camp H.M. Smith address, was charged Tuesday with desecration, violating park closure, and urinating in public. His bail was set at $3,000.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday, Pace allegedly walked past an officer who warned him that the park was closed and urinated on the burial mound fronting the zoo, a source said. He was arrested at 2:03 a.m. at the zoo.

The burial mound was dedicated in 2002 and protects the iwi kupuna of 200 Hawaiians displaced by Waikiki construction projects. At the time of its dedication, the memorial still had room for hundreds more iwi kupuna that are displaced by construction projects in Waikiki.

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    • Because it is capped by a concrete and stone structure and surrounded by a gated, heavy wrought iron enclosure and includes a memorial plaque indicating its significance. Based on when the incident occurred, guessing he was probably drunk, so those things probably wouldn’t have mattered to him. But the burial mound is definitely not just a small bump in the grass that someone could inadvertently walk on, if that is what one might be thinking. To commit an act of desecration on the site therefore cannot be described as inadvertent by any stretch of the imagination, especially given he had been warned away by an officer. Do a Google street view of the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua Avenues and you’ll see it situated on the Mauka-Diamond Head corner of the intersection.

    • Who are you to say it shouldn’t be there? Stupidity is not and excuse to even urinating in public let alone on something sacred to the natives of Hawai’i. You must be an outsider and don’t care of Hawaiian values and way of life in the islands.

    • Excuse me Manda, where else would the Iwi (bones) be….remember this is Hawaii, the iwi are from our ancestors who lived in that area. Dont forget this is Hawaii ….Hawaiian Lands for HAWAIIAN HANDS

        • Ouch, *itchslap to NB’s head .. I think you should test out that theory at the old man’s house in Nanakuli.

      • LanaUlulani: Please add your address so folk can come round and urinate on your property, since I am sure there are ARENʻT any signs in your vicinity telling people where a public toilet is either. Engage your brain before you comment. Using your logic, people will have license to urinate ANYWHERE!

      • Yeah, those Hawaiians bombed Kahoolawe, Makua Valley, left radioactive material in the soil of Pohakuloa, and leak their fuel into our drinking water at Red Hill!

        “Justmyview” must be having a hard time seeing what’s going on around him with his head stuck where the sun don’t shine.

      • I was in the military, and travel the world. Public drunkenness isn’t tolerate period especially if you’re in the military. I’m Hawaiian and proudly served, you must be one of them that disrespected native Hawaiians.

    • Bail for DUIs and worse are MUCH lower. Too funny.

      I hope Cody gets a sweet housing allowance to help displace “average locals” looking for housing and being days away from homelessness…

  • Considering that it was 2 AM in the morning, it is a safe bet that all restrooms were locked and he probably had too much to drink. Really should not be surprised that something like this happens. Keep the restrooms open and any fines might be justified. But when one has to go, one has to go. I wonder if he knew this was sacred or it just looked like a good place to Urinate. I mean he might think it was better to urinate on earth than on a sidewalk?

    • In front of a police officer. The price we pay to keep the homeless from destroying the bathroom. By the way Boots where is the closes bathroom? And so can I piss on a grave in Arlington ?

      • Actually I know of 2 restrooms close by, at least 3 if you cross the st. I admit it was not smart for him to do this but just saying if the restrooms were open, this may not have happened. It is not fun when you have to go and you find the restroom locked.

    • Seriously. HPD “vigilant and on the job” for this trifling matter…

      Meanwhile murders, assaults and rapes go on. And that’s just HPD officers!!!!

    • Actually he was in the one area of Waikiki where it is easy to find a public restroom but sadly they are all locked up. Maybe the one by the police station would be open?

    • Restrooms can be far distance at Punchbowl and many other cemeteries, so if someone pee’d on those grave sites we should cut them slack too? I don’t think so. No difference in this case either, not to mention the bad mana coming his way will be worse than what he’s getting from our legal system or the military.

  • Cody must be seeing some shadows and other interesting things after the sun goes down. Hope he learns about the culture and exhibits more class in the future.

  • Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. If someone went into Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and got caught relieving himself on one of the military graves, or the monuments, he probably wouldn’t see the light of day for about a month – not to mention the fines. Class-up!

    • Was the soldier a combat veteran? That plus he didn’t know the spot was a grave would mitigate guilt. He disobeyed a lawful order of the cop on duty. We wll did something like this when blowing off steam when in the service by getting plaster on liberty in a strange town.

  • Why does the writer even note that he was a military member? Does it matter? If he was not military, would this article have been written? Bias against military?

        • Happens every night? Except a cop just told him the area was close and I’m sure he disrepected the cop by just pulling it out. If this was the mainland, reaching for his waistline in a dark park, near a high crime area, would have resulted in a cop shooting. Oh wait, his name was Cody.

  • We need more and plentiful public bathrooms. The way we expect people to “hold it” in Honolulu or pay to pee by going into a store or business is savage and a public health issue. #noplacetopee

  • When you consider all of the other crimes being committed in Waikiki at 2:00am, this is not even in the top ten. Stupid actions by a drunk kid? Yes, but I say cut him some slack. We were all young and stupid.

  • i wonder if this idea has ever been broached! what about establishing cultural orientation classes at ALL military installations? invariably there always are informal exchanges among the new incoming personnel on “local” aspects of interest albeit where to get supplies, food, gas etc, so why not include things cultural and have it include an official formal introduction on all cultural aspects unique to that particular area? that would be better than to just turn loose new persons into a new environment without an orientation only to cause some type of altercation simply because of the ignorance and insensitivity to the area. just a thought….! it would be much better, would it not?

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