Huge flames rising higher than palm trees and dyeing the Hawaiian night orange… This is the apocalyptic vision that Waikiki residents and vacationers witnessed on Thursday night around 8:30 pm.

New Video Of Surf Racks Fire

HFD says a total of 525 surfboards were destroyed in last night's fire in Waikiki. Police have opened an arson investigation, but so far they've made no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 955-8300. Video: Ethan Barbieri

Posted by Keahi Tucker on Friday, February 28, 2020

Blaze destroys surfboards, damages Moana Surfrider

DEVELOPING: A large blaze in Waikiki last night destroyed surf racks, dozens of surfboards and caused damage to the oldest hotel in Waikiki.THE LATEST: #HNN

Posted by Hawaii News Now on Friday, February 28, 2020

Destroys Surfboard at  Waikiki

The firefighters quickly intervened to control the fire after 15 minutes, then extinguished it completely after 45 minutes. But the damage was done since the fire had just reduced the entire surfboard rack in Kuhio Beach to smoke. It is estimated that this public space for storing boards close to the ocean contained 525 boards at the time of the tragedy!


The fire also affected the walls and windows of the Moana Surfrider, the oldest hotel in Waikiki. If the damage is only material, the premises that left their boards here are nevertheless devastated. Many surfers regret the loss of irreplaceable collection boards or the “magic board” that their shaper had just made.

At dawn, the investigation is moving forward and is clearly pointing towards the criminal trial. The video of an alleged arsonist has been released in the hope of finding this man who is seen walking around between the boards with a bottle in his hand. It’s probably best for him if the police find him before the locals do…
Honolulu police officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect accused of starting a two-alarm blaze that destroyed a surfboard rack, hundreds of boards and damaged a Waikiki hotel late Thursday.
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