Aloha Can’t Be Stolen

Victims of theft on Molokai want to visit again.

By Catherine Cluett

Jessica and John were having a wonderful honeymoon on Molokai when their rental car was vandalized and their clothing stolen from their hotel room.

They had driven to Halawa Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 17, parked at the end of the road, and were enjoying a stroll on the beach. After about 20 minutes, they returned to their car to find their back windshield smashed. The couple immediately reported the incident to the police, and returned to Hotel Molokai where they were staying.

It was then they realized one of their hotel keys was missing. Everything appeared untouched in their room, however. They spoke with police and exchanged rental cars. Then Jessica went to get something out of her suitcase, only to discover that it too, was missing. Their camcorder was also gone.

With no change of clothes and a disrupted honeymoon, Jessica and John were advised by sympathetic locals to contact the Molokai Visitor’s Association (MVA). MVA staff took Jessica to buy new clothes from local shops, and replaced other necessary items that had been stolen, using special funds from the Hawaiian Tourism Authority budget set aside for such emergencies.

Jessica and John said aside from theft, so uncharacteristic of Molokai, they enjoyed their stay on the island, and thanks to the kindness of the Molokai community, hope to come back for a second visit.

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