LIHUE — A Lihue man being held on charges in connection to a public disturbance last Tuesday at Hanalei Pier was arraigned in court Friday.
Ikaika Daniel Hebron-Woodward, 22, is being held on $5,000 bond at Kauai Community Correctional Center, according to police. His trial is scheduled Aug. 11.
Hebron-Woodward was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in an incident at the pier about 7:30 p.m. June 16, according to police.
A Kilauea resident who witnessed incident and spoke to The Garden Island about it on the condition of anonymity said a large group of young men created a disturbance on the beach that night by pushing, shoving and wrestling one another while cursing in loud voices. Two of them climbed on the roof of the pier and jumped off into the ocean, she said.
The suspect then approached a longtime resident, put his face an inch away from hers and yelled a racial slur, according to the witness.
Police said the department is ramping up patrol efforts in Hanalei and other popular gathering places across the island in response to the June 16 incident as well as a similar disturbance that occurred in the same place three weeks earlier.
Police said the incidents on June 16 and May 30 do not appear to be related.