Vandals target Kapolei archery range

Published On: Dec 28 2012 01:33:00 PM HST
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -

The Fort Barrette Archery Range in Kapolei was a victim of vandalism, according to Craig Stenstrom, the president of the Bushwackers Archery Club of Kapolei.

The archery club is a non-profit group that operates and maintains the range for the City & County of Honolulu.

City parks officials say the archery range will be closed until necessary repairs can be made to assure it is safe for public use.  The range is only open on Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I'm sick to my stomach," said Stenstrom.  "I put a lot of time and effort into this club and into this sport of archery and to come and see this today like this, I'm just sick."

The damage was found Friday morning.  Stenstrom says the damage to the property ranged from $3,000 to $5,000.

"Each one of those static bales, just in materials alone, is $200," said Stenstrom.

Stenstrom says there's only two other archery ranges on Oahu.

"For the kids, I feel really sorry for them," said Stenstrom.  "Our club, as a whole, we really try to promote archery.  We really try and help and teach the kids.  There's more kids, I think, right now after all the movies that's come out.  All the kids are coming out."

"This has got to stop," added Wahiawa resident Buddy Chang, whose relatives use the range frequently.  "This is a place where families come to enjoy time together, and it's just senseless taking it away from the kids."

The first big event for the range will be in March and Stenstrom is not sure it will be ready.  The range operates mostly on donations.

About six months ago, the archery range was broken into and eight bows in a storage area were stolen, according to Stenstrom. 

The archery club is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest of the individual or persons involved in the most recent act of vandalism.

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