Waimea Park Bandstand closes due to vandalism

The Waimea Park Bandstand will be closed until further notice after vandals broke the sinks and toilets in the bathroom and damaged a public water fountain and maintenance storage lockers, according to the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Park officials said the vandalism occurred in Thursday’s early morning hours.

Roxcie Waltjen, director of parks and recreation, said her agency had replaced all of the toilets and sinks in the bathroom just last month in an effort to improve the bandstand facilities.

“Unfortunately, someone went into the bathroom and broke all of the sinks and toilets,” she said. “A person who does this has no respect for the Waimea park users, lacks community pride and feels that breaking the restroom equipment has no consequences. We just upgraded this bathroom, and now to repair the facility it cost approximately $12,000 in public tax dollars.

“The park users and community members are the ones who will lose out due to this closure,” she added.

She said her department would work with police to prevent future vandalism. Anyone with information about Thursday’s vandalism should contact the Hawaii County Police Department.

Telescope opponents seek court extension

Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope filed a motion with the Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday asking for an extension of time to consider whether to ask the court to reconsider its decision to grant the project’s construction permit.

Mauna Kea Hui attorney Richard “Naiwi” Wurdeman filed the motion, saying the group wants to review Associate Justice Michael Wilson’s dissenting opinion before deciding to file a motion for reconsideration.

The high court Oct. 31 affirmed, 4-1, the state Board of Land and Natural Resources’ decision to issue the permit, but Wilson has yet to file his opposing opinion.

In his motion Thursday, Wurdeman said it was unusual for the court to issue its decision ahead of the dissenting opinion. Wilson’s opinion, he said, “may further shed light on the critical and substantial legal precedent” being set by the court.

Under rules of the court, the losing party has 10 days to file for reconsideration. Today is day No. 10.


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