Surfboard rack arson suspect in Waikiki pleads not guilty in court



HONOLULU (KHON2) – Glenn Helton pleaded not guilty in court on Monday, November 8 to arson of the surf racks in Waikiki.

The surf racks between the Waikiki Honolulu Police Station and the Moana Surfrider Hotel were on fire, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky on Sunday, October 17.

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It happened just before 11:20 a.m.

Helton remains in custody on $ 70,000 bail.

Investigators say Helton leaned over and reached out with his hand holding the lighter, but surfboards prevented cameras from showing what he was doing then. Four minutes later, investigators say the smoke and flames spread quickly – and they say he was the only one who could have set it off.

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Surfboard rack fire in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, October 17, 2021

The fire destroyed more than 500 surfboards. The damage is estimated at $ 650,000.

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