State park employees worked all day Thursday to try to replace toilets and other bathroom fixtures that were destroyed by vandals at Malaekahana State Recreational Area, said State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell.
“This is sad,” Cottrell wrote in an email. “This is one or our nicest beach parks.”
The two comfort stationsat Malaekahana that were damaged are in the beach park’s campground area.
“This is highly unusual at this park,” said Cottrell. “It is not attributed to homeless. This is just random acts of vandalism.”
Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward said in an email it is believed the vandalism happened Wednesday night.
Two sinks, one urinal, and one toilet were destroyed, and a wall was covered with graffiti.
Cottrtell said a Division of State Parks crew has been scrambling allday to get the campground bathrooms repaired and new toilet fixtures installed before campers begin to arrive Friday night.
The parkreopened Oct. 15 for camping after extensive renovations.
Last month, vandals lifted a toilet out of the ground in the women’s bathroom stall at Ala Moana Beach Park and smashed it to pieces. They also destroyed a toilet paper holder and broke bathroom doors.
The restroom by the Magic Island parking lot had been renovated a week earlier.
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Denby Fawcett is a longtime Hawaii television and newspaper journalist, who grew up in Honolulu. Her book, Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide is available on Amazon. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.