Service member charged with urinating on burial ground in Hawaii

Kahi Hali'a Aloha burial mound at the Hawaii Zoo. (Photo credit: Travelocity)

A service member as been charged with urinating on a burial mound protecting the skeletal remains of 200 Hawaiians outside Waikiki Zoo.

21-year-old Cody Pace was charged with desecration , violating park closure, and urinating in public.

The Star Advertiser, which first reported the incident, stated the service member is assigned to Camp H.M. Smith -adjacent to Pearl Harbor memorial- but did not list his branch of service.

He allegedly was warned that the park was closed by a police officer he walked past. After ignoring the warning, he urinated on the burial mound fronting the zoo.

The eight-sided, modern-day burial mound — located right outside the entrance of the Honolulu Zoo — holds about 200 human skeletons displaced during various Waikiki construction projects.

The mound was dedicated in 2002 and still has room for about 1,400 more displaced human remains, according to Roadside America.

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