Rotary refurbishes KPD substation

KAPA’A — The Kapa’a Rotary Club led a community effort Saturday to refurbish a

tiny police department substation near Kapa’a Beach Park.

The station,

converted from a cabin used to temporarily house Hurricane ‘Iniki victims, was

moved to the south end of the park to serve as a mini substation for Kaua’i

Police Department officers serving the Kapa’a area.

Day in, day out, it has

served its purpose, offering a respite from the rigors of patrolling the

neighborhood, and providing officers with a place to do administrative work

while keeping close to the neighborhood they are assigned to

patrol.

Constant pummeling from salt spray and breezes began to take its

toll on the substation until the Kapa’a Rotary Club got involved in a community

cleanup day that involved donations of thousands of dollars worth of new

equipment and manpower.

Crews showed up early Saturday morning, and once

furniture and files were moved out of the substation, workers rolled up their

sleeves and undid the outer skin of the building, revealing the corrosion

caused by the daily hammering of sea breezes.

Power equipment made short

work of the buildup of grime as well as the salt air corrosion. Kaua’i Vinyl

Siding brought out its work crews to install new donated paneling, while Rotary

Club members got to work cleaning out computer equipment that was discolored

from the accumulated buildup.

Following two days of work, the substation is

all spruced up, and sports a new look headlined by a sign donated by The Sign

and Print Machine.

“We have to help, too,” off-duty police officer James

Rabasa said as he hosed down a paint roller used to roll a fresh coat of paint

on one of the concrete footings.

On-duty officers took their turn at

accomplishing various cleanup tasks as their shifts permitted.

The station

houses two shifts daily, and provides a home away from home for at least six

officers on a daily basis.

Officers who share the tiny station include

Norberto Garcia, Roland Peahu, Shane Sokei, Shawn Smith, Richard Drapesa and

James Rabasa.

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