Surfboard rack fire in Waikiki causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage


HONOLULU (KHON2) – More than 24 hours after a massive fire ravaged the surfboard racks near the Moana Surfrider Hotel, the smell of smoke is still in the air and passers-by can clearly see what ‘there’s some left.

Sunday’s raging fire left behind ash and rubble from what were once Kuhio Beach’s surfboard lockers. Longtime surfers came by on Monday to see if there were any traces of their boards left.

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“We came back and were incredibly devastated,” said Bruce Rogers, a Waikiki resident who lost two surfboards in the fire. “I mean, your surfboard is part of your life and we surf here pretty much every day. “

For these avid surfers, it was a costly loss.

“I would say around $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 is my guess,” said Sky, a Waikiki resident who lost surfboards in Sunday’s fire.

“Probably $ 3,000 with my surfboard for both,” Rogers said.

The surf racks are operated by the municipal business services department. The city estimates that around 575 signs were destroyed, including three rescue signs from the city and county of Honolulu. The City says it is not responsible for the damages and will not reimburse, but will reimburse tenants for the remainder of their payment period. The Budget and Tax Services Department will issue checks by mail.

However, surfers say their boards are irreplaceable and they want a change.

“I want them to fix it as much as possible and make it more secure or closed or something, but I’m not sure if they’re going to reopen it or not,” Sky said.

Honolulu firefighters also confirmed on Monday that the blaze was intentionally started and caused $ 100,000 in damage to lockers and $ 250,000 in damage to nearby structures.

It is deja vu for many whose boards were lost in the first fire. February 27, 2020, a huge fire with two alarms ravaged the same racks.

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The City is assessing damage from Sunday’s fire and future plans for the site are unknown at this time.

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