Ewa wall faces vandalism, upsets community
It's a big, green wall in Ewa -- a piece of art that's hard to miss... but some recent writing on that wall has put the spotlight on it for the wrong reason.
It's been a part of the Ewa landscape for decades. But the remnants of what used to be part of the old Ewa Plantation is now vandalized.
A few days ago, someone used bright orange spray paint and defaced part of the wall, even spray painting obscene images.
“This wall is an important piece to the Ewa community itself,” said Collin Inong.
Inong was born and raised in Ewa. He says the wall is more than just a part of the community’s history.
“A lot of the times Ewa falls victim to a lost identity. We get lumped together with Ewa Beach, not that it’s a bad thing, but as a community, we like to have our own identity. This wall is one of those landmarks that give us that identity," he said. "So it’s very hurtful to know that somebody would come into our community and deface the property like this. It’s very heartbreaking."
And this isn’t the first incident that’s shocked the Ewa community.
Last December, The Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception was vandalized. The church’s front lawn was set on fire and religious statures were destroyed. State leaders say it's time to take back the community.
“I don’t want the community to think we’re hapless victims. We can take control and we can fix things ourselves. We don’t have to wait for months for the city to come out and do something,” said Rep. Matthew LoPresti.
As for the big, green wall, LoPresti says the wall sits on city property that is maintained by the Ewa Villages Homeowners Association. He says they are working together to get it cleaned up.
He also has a message for who vandalized the wall.
“Have some pride. Some pride in the place that you’re from, the place where you live. Have respect for the people who came before you.”