“When I drove past, I said to myself, wait a minute, why was that tree lit up? But Iwasa said the neighborhood board was on vacation and had no meeting during December.
By the time of its next meeting, the lights had come down and the matter was not formally raised at that time.
A single small tree in front of the parking lot of what is now known as Joe Lukela Beach Park, on the Koko Head end of Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai, is at the center of a simmering controversy that’s drawing increasing public attention.
The victim of another alleged assault in 2012 described the violent attack involving Miske and security guards in a chilling account republished on the Hawaii News and Information blog.
In testimony before the City Council’s parks committee back in May, Miske said the tree lights were initially meant as a memorial for his son, Caleb-Jordan Miske-Lee, a 2012 Mid-Pacific Institute graduate.
The issue recently emerged publicly when the Honolulu City Council voted at its Nov.
1 meeting to accept a gift of installation of decorative lights on the tree and run electricity to the site to power them. The lights have already been installed on the tree over the past two weeks, apparently by the private donor, and are being turned on at night.