Police seek help after burglars hit Kilauea school

KILAUEA — Vandals broke into Kilauea Elementary School last week, causing damage and stealing laptop computers.

The Kaua‘i Police Department is looking for one or more individuals who broke into several buildings at the school between 4 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.

According to county officials,  multiple fire extinguishers were discharged in the school cafeteria and four laptops were reported missing.

Kaua‘i Schools Superintendent Bill Arakaki said it’s unfortunate to have a break-in at a school, as it means people need to do extra work to clean up, make repairs and replace the technology and items that were taken.

Arakaki said he commends the diligence of the police department in its investigation, and is asking the community to come forward with information that would aid the investigation.

“We truly are an island family and the public supports the efforts of its schools and children,” Arakaki said.

“We hope they will help us and the Kaua‘i Police Department to solve this unfortunate situation.”

The children are impacted by this crime, Arakaki said. The laptops are for their use, and the other items taken were a variety of learning aids.

“This is summertime and the students are not there but we do have people on campus cleaning, and the 12-month people working to get things ready for the school year,” Arakaki said. “Summer is short; the teachers are back on July 24, and the students come back Aug. 1.”

The burglary is under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 241-1887, or Detective Nitta at 241-1700.

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