The Midweek Islander reported today that Rep. Tommy Waters presented 10 refurbished cell phones to the kupuna of the Waimanalo Senior Beach Patrol in February at a neighborhood board meeting. The phones will be used to call 9-1-1 as soon as a crime is spotted.
The ladies of Waimanalo have spent 9 years monitoring the Waimanalo Park parking lot and sometimes can't get to a payphone quick enough to get the police on the line before the vandals and thieves take off. In two recent incidents, the public pay phones weren't working and our kupuna have had to run across Kalanianaole Highway to use the payphone at the convenient store. Auwe!
On behalf of Margaret Pekelo, the patrol group leader, Rep. Waters was able to get phone donations from Hawaiian Telcom.
With cell phones charged, eagle eyes ready to capture their next criminal, and the spirit to make the community safer for residents and tourists alike, the "aunties" of Waimanalo are now all set to continue their community-based efforts to help reduce crime at the beaches.