Woman Cited in Mauna Kea Vandalism Case

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said Tuesday afternoon that assistance provided by the Native Hawaiian community allowed officers from the Hawai‘i Branch of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement to make contact with a suspect in the recent case of graffiti damage found at the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve.

DLNR says, as a result of this contact and investigation, Hope Cermelj of Kalapana, was issued a citation for violating Rule 13-209-4 (3), Prohibited Activities within a Natural Area Reserve.

Cermelj will be required to appear in Hilo District Court.

Graffiti was discovered on several rocks in the NAR on April 28, as well as on structures belonging to the Office of Mauna Kea Management.

DLNR/DOCARE thanks community members who stepped forward to provide information and assistance. This was instrumental in locating and identifying the suspect.