Vandals damage new bus shelters

Vandals caused about $1,000 damage to two Maui Bus shelters in Kihei last month, and Mayor Alan Arakawa is asking the public to treat the shelters with care.

The shelters were damaged about March 27 and 28 near South Kihei Road and Uwapo Park, with both makai and mauka shelters damaged, according to a Maui County news release. Portions of metal screen walls of the shelters were kicked out or bent, according to the county.

Last year, a bus shelter across from Luana Gardens in Kahului was damaged twice, on Sept. 4 and Dec. 31, with the vandalism causing about $400 in damage, according to the county.

The new shelters were dedicated last year.

“These bus shelters are everyone’s property as they are paid for with taxpayer dollars,” Arakawa said. “Please treat them with respect so that the community can continue to use them for years to come.”

Those who damage the bus shelters could be prosecuted for criminal property damage, with the crimes ranging from a petty misdemeanor offense up to a class C felony, depending on the amount of the damage. Class C felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.