Hawaiian singer's mural vandalized, HPD searching for suspects
Honolulu Police are searching for suspects connected to the vandalism of a local musician's memorial mural at Sandy Beach Saturday.
The defacement included racially offensive images over a mural of late Hawaiian singer Ernie Cruz, Jr. Beachgoers tell KITV they consider the act an attack on Hawaiian people and claim the incident was a result of an altercation on the beach.
"Very insulting to the people here because we look at that every day. We pay our respects," professional bodyboarder Jensen Caballero said.
A local artist restored the mural on Sunday but beachgoers say it doesn't clear away the pain.
Caballero and beach boy Keoni Gunderson say many take personal offense to what happened because of what Cruz stood for.
The award winning musician was a regular at Sandys. In 2016, beachgoers found Cruz unconscious offshore. The piece painted in his honor is something both say they hold in high regard. That and the legacy of his unforgettable voice.
"There's like a warmness in my heart. It just reminds me of home wherever I am when I hear it," said Gunderson.
Police opened a criminal property damage investigation. Anyone with information should call police.