48-year-old man arrested for arson in Waikiki surfboard rack fire


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    Surfboard racks in Waikiki by the Waikiki Police Station and the Moana Surfrider, seen on Monday, after being destroyed in a fire on Sunday.

  • COURTESY JACQUELIN KRONICK Flames were seen during a structural fire on Sunday in Waikiki.


    Flames were seen during a structural fire on Sunday in Waikiki.

Police arrested a 48-year-old man this morning for first degree arson in connection with a fire that destroyed surfboard racks near the Honolulu Police Station in Waikiki on Sunday and caused significant damage to the exterior of Waikiki Beachside Bistro and Moana Surfrider Hotel. , according to the Honolulu Fire Department. The charges are pending.

The fire department turned the investigation into the two-alarm fire to the HPD on Monday after determining it was intentionally started.

Ten HFD units and more than three dozen firefighters responded to the blaze around 11:18 a.m. Sunday, and the blaze was extinguished just after noon. No injuries were reported.

Total damage is estimated at $ 650,000, including $ 100,000 for the surf lockers, $ 300,000 for the contents of the lockers (surfboards) and $ 250,000 for the structures of adjacent buildings, firefighters said. Some 500 boards were destroyed in the fire. The HPD substation in Waikiki, meanwhile, suffered minimal damage.

On Sunday, Honolulu police arrested a 43-year-old man near the scene at 11:48 a.m. on suspicion of arson. He was released on Sunday evening.

The same surf racks were destroyed in a fire in February 2020. This fire was also determined to be intentionally started, but a suspect was never arrested.

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