Last evening the weekly fireworks show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village was eerily subdued due to the coronavirus scare. Hardly a cruise ship participated in the Friday night fun. People are concerned — and for many, irrationally scared. Remember the only thing to fear is fear itself.
Tragically, our small island suffered a serious act of terrorism. Most concerning, this malicious deed occurred right next to the Waikiki police substation. Takes a guy with big cajones and small mind to torch a major public venue under such circumstances.
Here’s what local news reported. We see the blaze just makai (ocean direction) from Kalakaua Avenue. Massive fire and toxic smoke.
Had a surfboard stored in the city’s public board locker. Was my friend’s board. He’s currently out of town and let me borrow it. What a blessing it was to have a board right next to the beach. Allowed me an opportunity to make progress with my rehabilitation. There are about 500 boards stored in the lockers.
This is the result of the terrorist act. Took the picture Friday morning. Locals in the area have been agitated that homeless people and squatters have been asked to move from the area. This is a popular tourist area. Law enforcement and city officials have worked diligently to keep the spot safe and clean.
This is a view of the terrorist. People easily could have been killed.
Fire rapidly engulfed the surfboards. Epoxy resin, fiberglass and styrofoam are all oil-based products. Once a small fire started, the blaze exploded.
Apparently this guy and friends want to change politics in the area. This suggests a political motive. And politically-motivated acts of violence are terrorist acts. Welcome to Waikiki.
Tourists and visitors are currently avoiding travel to the islands due to coronavirus. This gives them another reason for stay home. This guy and friends hurt our local economy. They destroyed a half million dollars worth of beautiful and classic surfboards. They destroyed one of the few city lockers for boards, which will take a long time to rebuild — if they are ever rebuilt at all. Total destruction!
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