Generations of surfboards gone - many with great sentimental value, and some belonging to shapers who are no longer with us.
18 March 20
Honolulu: The arson investigation continues after the blaze in Waikiki destroyed over 500 surfboards and damaged the nearby Moana Surfrider Hotel.
Police have released surveillance images of a man they say set fire to the Kuhio Beach Surfboard Lockers.
Cell phone video shows roaring flames towering over man with a fire extinguisher moments after the fire started. He was quickly forced to retreat.
The person shooting the video can be heard yelling, “It’s getting hot! Jesus Christ!”
Within seconds the inferno consumed the racks and forced the evacuation of the neighboring Moana Surfrider Hotel.
Officials confirmed an arson investigation was underway, and video released by police shows a young man leaving the scene with a towel around his neck, carrying a clear plastic bottle.
Police sources tell HNN that a bystander found a metallic gas can with some sort of liquid still inside of it about a block from the scene.
In the meantime, the exterior of Waikiki’s oldest hotel is now scarred. The heat was enough to shatter windows.
Fire officials estimate 525 surfboards were destroyed in the blaze. Five of which were rescue surfboards that belonged to Ocean Safety. They alone were valued at $6,000.
“Some of those boards stored there were 30 plus years old,” said surf instructor Brian Rudd. “They were made and shaped by people who aren’t alive anymore. They were collectors items.”
As people ponder a possible motive, “I don’t know if it’s vengeance against somebody. It just effects so many people,” said Marc Rosen.
Many are choosing to see the positive.Rudd said, “No one in this building got hurt. No one got hurt. And that’s the blessing in it.”
- AUTHOR: ALLYSON BLAIR
- SOURCE: HAWAII NEWS NOW