On Thursday another US Service member visiting Waikiki was stabbed. It marks the third stabbing incident involving military members at Waikiki since October. The service member is expected to recover, but has not been named.
The victim was found at around 4 a.m. in the parking lot of the Honolulu Zoo in the area of Nohonani. According to Stripes, he had stab wounds just above the pelvis, along with facial lacerations and contusions. He had been out with a friend, but the friend left with a woman. Whoever stabbed him did not take his valuables. Police are searching for suspects and have opened an attempted murder investigation.
Military authorities are looking into the possibility of making certain Waikiki businesses off limits to military personnel.
According to Stripes,
An Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board issued a warning about Waikiki in December and will discuss Waikiki crime during its next meeting in a few weeks. Such boards have the power to place establishments off-limits to the military, which would mean approximately 10 percent of Oahu’s population would be banned from patronizing parts of Waikiki.
“We gather statistics of our service members who are getting in trouble and advise commands of things that can detract from the health and safety and discipline of the armed forces,” said Lt. Col. Ken Phillips, deputy director of Emergency Services at U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, who was a speaker at the Waikiki conference.
The military’s December advisory singled out 13 potentially risky Waikiki establishments. It also estimated that there had been 1,000 arrests involving violent crimes or drugs and alcohol near the intersections of Kalakaua and Royal Hawaiian avenues and Kalakaua and Kapahulu avenues over 180 days.
Kalakaua Avenue is one of the main streets in Honolulu and includes hundreds of tourist shops, indoor malls, restaurants and bars. One of the stabbings in October occurred at the intersection of Lewers Street and Kalakaua, and the other one at Royal Hawaiian and Kalakaua.
The streets are choked with tourists in the evenings, and generally do not fall quiet until just before midnight.
The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii mentioned that the incidents are occurring at a dangerous time.
“This was a case of unprovoked violence. He had money and credit cards, but the men who brutally stabbed him and punched his face didn’t take his valuables…Between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., it’s a dangerous time to be walking alone in Waikiki. We need to make Waikiki safe at all hours.” Jessica Lani Rich, President of the Visitor Society
Featured photo- the view from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki, from RL Storment