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Enforcement Officers say Large Party at Kaiwi was “Outrageous and Irresponsible”

August 29, 2021, 8:53 AM HST
* Updated August 29, 8:56 AM
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Kaiwi Party Broken up, Aug. 28, 2021. PC: DLNR

Four people were cited and as many as 300-400 others were cleared from Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and Honolulu Police Department officers late Saturday afternoon. 

According to a DLNR release, the event was “billed on social media as a way for young people to escape the bonds of COVID-19 restrictions.”

Officers broke up the gathering saying “a stream of mask-less, non-socially distanced revelers left the shoreline, after being ordered to do so.” Citations were issued for having unpermitted generators and sound equipment in the park. 

“I’ve instructed my officers, going forward, to confiscate any equipment or supplies used for these gatherings. If the loss of personal property, taken for evidence in criminal prosecutions, is not enough to get these people to start acting responsibly, we hope it doesn’t take their friends or loved ones getting sick or dying to wake them up,” said DOCARE Enforcement Chief Jason Redulla, who expressed outrage given the surge in COVID cases and restrictions in place on large gatherings.

Redulla characterized this and other large gatherings as “potential super-spreader events.”

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He added, “I hope that social media influencers and trusted adults, like parents and teachers, might be able to talk some sense into anyone contemplating organizing or attending a large gathering of this sort. Clearly, every person who attended the Kaiwi party could have been cited for violating the county’s current rule that restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 or fewer people. It is long past the time for law enforcement and health experts to have to warn people about the risks associated with big, unpermitted gatherings anywhere in Hawai‘i. I and many others take an extremely dim view of the dim-witted, selfish behaviors of irresponsible people, no matter their ages.”

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