Police operation leads to arrests, removal of illegal campsites

  • Photo courtesy Kauai Police Department

    This is one of the campsites off Ke Ala Hele Makalae near Kapaa that police recently removed.

KAPAA — The Kauai Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, along with county park rangers and KPD’s abandoned vehicle coordinator, conducted a multi-day operation in Kapaa last week, which led to multiple arrests, citations, and the removal of illegal campsites.

The operation was conducted along the Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the multi-use path in Kapaa, on Aug. 9 and 10.

During the operation, numerous traffic citations were issued and two arrests were made for outstanding warrants, totaling $55,000 in bail.

Lance Kaaumoana, 36, of Lihue, was arrested on a revocation/modification of parole/probation warrant, with bail set at $50,000.

Kym Estacio, 44 of Hanamaulu, was arrested on warrants for promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, and promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, with bail set at $5,000.

Additionally, a total of six derelict vehicles were removed from the Kealia Beach area.

With the assistance of county park rangers, several illegal campsites were broken down, and several truckloads of abandoned property were removed from the site.

“The areas along our Kapaa multi-use path have been an increasing concern for the community,” said Acting Deputy Chief Robert Gausepohl. “I commend and thank our FAST team, park rangers, and our abandoned vehicle coordinator for listening to these concerns and for their ongoing efforts to protect our residents and visitors from harm.”

  1. Palani August 16, 2018 2:20 am Reply

    Kapaa has always been the “Hippy hangout” of Kauai! Does Buffy St. Marie still live there? 😉

  2. Josh August 16, 2018 5:48 am Reply

    Please explain why the County and Police are not doing this every day?!? Perhaps skip the traffic stops on working people, for going 5mph over, and redirect resources to removing these camps Island wide. These camps are a major source of drug use and criminal activity – as your article illustrates. Perhaps it is easier to write a speeding ticket than to do the paperwork on real criminals.

  3. commonsenseisnt August 16, 2018 6:43 am Reply


    Got a year in jail last October……

  4. kimo August 16, 2018 7:32 am Reply

    Fantastic work by local authorities. Keep public areas safe for the public.

    Mahalo nui loa

  5. Rincon August 16, 2018 7:41 am Reply

    Great job on clean up. The beach is much improved. Next stop Baby Beach, Lydgate & golf course?

  6. Ryker William Schenck August 16, 2018 9:23 am Reply

    The Kauai Fast Team cannot by Law: violate, arrest, Harass and scamper homeless people and their refuges
    unless the County provides an alternative safe park and sleep place. The Counties actions are unconstitutional and do not provide remedies for the fast growing segment of our society; The Homeless.
    I would also like to add that the States Judicial system; whether it is family law, civil or criminal Courts
    are the biggest causes of homeless. The States likes to blame it on Mental illness or substance abuse. Either
    way, the State must provide an alternatives, by Law.

  7. Joe Public August 16, 2018 10:23 am Reply

    No routine checks by park rangers and/or beat officers anymore to take care of this in its early stages? Have to wait till its a “mess” to react and do the “shock and awe”? They were there for weeks already before this “operation”

    1. Dave August 17, 2018 9:10 pm Reply

      which laws are you referring to?

  8. MisterM August 16, 2018 12:29 pm Reply

    Excellent. Move these bums out and/or put them back in jail. Too bad we can’t deport them to North Korea…

  9. Chamundi Sabanathan August 16, 2018 4:20 pm Reply

    I do find it strange that the homeless are not regarded as part of the public.

  10. George Ho August 16, 2018 4:30 pm Reply

    ryker is out of his/her mind. Don’t break the law and there won’t be any concern.

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