A former inmate at the Waiwa prison is in line to get more than $25,000 as part of a tentative settlement. He sued the state after being injured by a feral pig.
The Waiawa Correctional Center sits on 194 acres in central Oahu.
It is a minimum security facility that houses more than 300 inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences. The prison traps have been empty for some time. But the wild pigs are still out there.
KITV's cameras caught two young pigs sneaking away into the brush.
Warden Scott Harrington helped to build and set the pig traps around the prison when the problem was at its peak some years ago. His traps have caught more than 200 feral swine over a two-year period.
"The probem is not that bad now. It's been on and off throughout the years. The pigs get tame, and they get big, and they get a little aggressive," Harrington said. "Up in the hills the pigs venture into the area in search of food and water, and they sometimes come through the front gate."
"There's no big fences or walls we are out here in the environment and its really easy for them to come out from the valleys and come on in," said Harrington.
The most recent lawsuit involved an inmate who was in line for lunch and who was injured when a pig went after a sandwich in the inmate's hand,
Harrington believes the inmate tried to feed the pig, a practice officials have tried to discourage.
Prison officials said prior to that lawsuit, another inmate tried to rescue a pig that was caught in a fence. The inmate sued after he was attacked. Harrington believes in that case the inmate broke his leg.