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« on: May 30, 2009, 01:10:04 PM »

These birds are all over the place.  They're beautiful from a distance, but they're very loud and can do a lot of damage to cars.  Doesn't justify bashing them with a bat, but they are a nuisance.  Several years back a group of people tried to get the legislature to allow them to take them out with bows and arrows.  Didn't pass.   Smiley

Makaha woman charged in peacock bashing enters no plea





By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer

Somebody is killing the peacocks of Makaha.

Eleven have been poisoned, shot or beaten to death in the past few weeks.

Sandra Maloney is accused of beating one of the birds to death with a baseball bat on May 17, and yesterday she appeared in Wai'anae District Court on charges of misdemeanor cruelty to an animal. She did not enter a plea.

However, she has acknowledged that she did it, in remarks to police and to a Honolulu TV news crew.

The Makaha Valley Towers resident said it was the mating call of the wild male peacocks that drove her to it. The birds' incessant loud cries deprived her of sleep, she said.

Friends and supporters defended her yesterday, depicting her as a decent, caring, community-minded person driven to desperation by the peacocks' constant screeching.

But other residents of the high-rise condominium said they were aghast at the brutality of what they saw and heard on May 17, describing the cries of the bird as it was being beaten and for nearly an hour afterward until it died.

They're also concerned about the rash of peacock killings.

"People are shocked," said resident Janet Powell.

Peacocks were introduced to Hawai'i around 1860, and have flourished in Makaha Valley since King Kamehameha V gave a flock to valley rancher Owen Jones Holt.

But today they have become a nuisance to some residents, from the loud mating cries to the droppings the birds leave behind.

The birds roam the whole area, but have been a particular friction point at Makaha Valley Towers.

In 2003, the nuisance factor led the board of directors there to sign a $4,000 contract with federal Wildlife Services to capture and euthanize up to three-quarters of the estimated five or six dozen wild peacocks.

The idea was to thin out the herd, said Ted Pond, vice president of the homeowners association at Makaha Valley Towers.

But the plan was canceled due to public outcry.

Now a person or people apparently has taken it upon themselves to thin out the peacock numbers.
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City prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who has promised to vigorously pursue the case against Maloney, said she is not suspected in the deaths of the other peacocks.

"That's something that's separate and apart from this particular case," Carlisle said.

If convicted on the cruelty charge, Maloney faces up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Judge Clyde Sumida issued a bench warrant for Maloney's arrest at 9:33 a.m. yesterday when she failed to appear. He withdrew the warrant after Maloney showed up at the courthouse at 11:05 a.m. and later told the judge she hadn't appeared earlier on the advice of her lawyer, who was also a no-show.

The judge continued the arraignment until June 19.

Outside the courtroom, Maloney was in no mood to make a statement.

"I don't want to talk to you," she told reporters. "I was convinced by somebody that they were going to present my side, and they just smeared me nationwide," she said, referring to an early TV report about the incident.

Maloney's side was presented yesterday by several longtime friends and supporters who handed out written statements at the courthouse.

"I have a suspicion that Ms. Sandra had momentarily gone berserk after many sleepless nights when she attacked the peacock," wrote Janice Henry, who was at the arraignment. "If she had to do it over, I know the incident would never have happened."

Meanwhile, at the Makaha Valley Towers, folks remained stunned by the entire peacock killing spree.

"The residents here are just plain disgusted," said Pond, the vice president of the homeowners association.

"It's sickening," said Mike Targgart, another board member.

Pond agrees the baseball-bat killing probably has no relation to the other peacock deaths. He said the peacock poisonings may not even be related to the two birds he said appeared to have been killed with a pellet gun.

But others aren't so sure. Targgart and Powell both point out that a couple of months ago someone poisoned to death a dozen feral cats around the property. So obviously someone's out to harm to wildlife around the Towers, they say.

On May 17, there was no question about the intent of the attack.

Witnesses heard the cries of the bird and saw it as it was being beaten in a picnic area. Then they saw Maloney carry the injured animal up a flight of concrete stairs and toss it in the bushes.

"You know the sad thing is the bird wasn't dead," Targgart said. "It came out of the bushes with a broken leg, a broken neck, a smashed-out eye. It took another 45 minutes to die. It fell down the stairs. It was pitiful."

Targgart confronted Maloney following the beating, even as she was being questioned by police.

"I said, 'Did somebody kill a peacock with a bat?' And she goes, 'Yeah, I did and I'm going to kill some more, too.' And I said, 'What are you, crazy?' And she said, 'I'm sick of these big birds I can't sleep at night.' "
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In addition to complaints of peacock mating noises, some residents have complained for years about peacock droppings on sidewalks and steps around the property. The statements of Maloney's supporters echoed those sentiments.

"I would think the owners of Makaha Valley Towers would want to control these foul fowls," wrote Maloney's friend, Virginia Hogue.

Powell is always quick to remind anyone within earshot that peacocks were a part of the valley landscape generations before the complainers were ever born.

Peacocks were introduced to Hawai'i around the time of the American Civil War, and soon became the darlings of Hawai'i's royalty. Princess Ka'iulani, heir to the throne, kept the exotic birds at 'Ainahau, the family's 10-acre garden estate in Waikiki. She became affectionately known as "The Princess of the Peacocks."

The animals flourished in the valley after the gift of King Kamehameha V.

Powell says the peacocks are part of the magical ambiance of the Towers.

"I love the sound," she said. "How can we be so lucky? It's nature. It's woods. It's terrific. And they're wonderful because they are so beautiful.

"Now, they are noisier in the spring and the fall, because I guess those are the mating seasons. But so what? And, occasionally, they're out with their tails spread open and it's the most gorgeous thing."

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 02:43:24 PM »

I havent heard anything about this!? i didnt even know they ran wild around the west side! thats crazy! but this woman should be fined more than 2k. to kill something like that with a bat is just cruel..gotta be in makaha for someone to do that.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 11:55:50 AM »

I havent heard anything about this!? i didnt even know they ran wild around the west side! thats crazy! but this woman should be fined more than 2k. to kill something like that with a bat is just cruel..gotta be in makaha for someone to do that.

Those birds really are a nuisance. 

Now you leave the Waianae/Makaha people alone.  Smiley  I do a lot of volunteer work out there.  They are good people. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 12:34:10 PM »

Those birds really are a nuisance. 

Now you leave the Waianae/Makaha people alone.  Smiley  I do a lot of volunteer work out there.  They are good people. 


had no idea they were such nuisance.

we went camping this past Memorial day at Malekahana beach park. About 6 families from Waianae were there none of whom were following the rules of the park, they must have had 40 friends and family members on the site. Per permit your allowed 5 people. the first night there was a huge fight with like 20 of them, they brought pit bulls all not on a leash who crapped everywhere, would always leave the bathrooms a mess, played horse shoes at 4am, caught fish and left its guts on the ground to attract fies, pitched their tens on the walk paths, and leaving they just left a mess. the grounds keeper came on the last day and said they come every year and are very disrespectful. a number of the guys would also whistle or shout things to the girls when they went to shower in the evenings, so a guy would always have to escort them, it was ridiculous, had it not been for the girls we were with we would not have put up with their behavior.

this is in my opinion very typical behavior on the west side unfortunately, yes there are decent people there also its just my experience with them is out numbered by the idiots.


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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 02:58:12 PM »

had no idea they were such nuisance.

we went camping this past Memorial day at Malekahana beach park. About 6 families from Waianae were there none of whom were following the rules of the park, they must have had 40 friends and family members on the site. Per permit your allowed 5 people. the first night there was a huge fight with like 20 of them, they brought pit bulls all not on a leash who crapped everywhere, would always leave the bathrooms a mess, played horse shoes at 4am, caught fish and left its guts on the ground to attract fies, pitched their tens on the walk paths, and leaving they just left a mess. the grounds keeper came on the last day and said they come every year and are very disrespectful. a number of the guys would also whistle or shout things to the girls when they went to shower in the evenings, so a guy would always have to escort them, it was ridiculous, had it not been for the girls we were with we would not have put up with their behavior.

this is in my opinion very typical behavior on the west side unfortunately, yes there are decent people there also its just my experience with them is out numbered by the idiots.




Unfortunate experience.  I love Maleakahana!  It's usually pretty deserted.  Have you ever walked out to Bird Island on the reef? 

My experiences in Waianae and Makaha have always been very good.  It started many years ago when I was dumb enough to drive my car on the sand and got stuck.  A couple guys came over with a rope, tied up my car, and pulled me out.  I've gone back repeatedly to do volunteer work there in large part because of these.  I think a handful of knuckleheads largely contribute to their reputation.  The people are really good.  The kids are wonderful.  I did some work with kids there very recently and they were the best behaved kids I've been around on the island.   
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 08:06:08 PM »

we always go out to the bird island! its a great little place, very good beach there. i dont understand why some people kill the birds there..what the point?

Im sure there are some great people on the west side, probably the majority. just the ones i see are always troubles makers. Im a total "townie" i guess. i work in downtown and live in makiki  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009, 10:57:14 AM »

we always go out to the bird island! its a great little place, very good beach there. i dont understand why some people kill the birds there..what the point?

Im sure there are some great people on the west side, probably the majority. just the ones i see are always troubles makers. Im a total "townie" i guess. i work in downtown and live in makiki  Undecided


Yep.  I called it Bird Island, but I think it's actually called "Goat Island."  No goats there though.  The birds nest in the center of the island.  I picked up a giant sea slug over there once.  Was dumb enough to walk the reef barefoot once.  I bought reef shoes solely for the purpose of walking to that island, but haven't used them yet. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2009, 06:20:08 PM »

Makaha woman accused of killing peacock pleads not guilty, seeks jury trial
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A woman accused of killing a peacock with a baseball bat at the Makaha Valley Towers apartments on May 17 did not appear at her arraignment today in Waianae District Court, but her lawyer said she is seeking a jury trial.

Sandra Maloney, 68, who is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, was represented by attorney Randy Oyama.

Oyama told District Court judge Paula Devens that his client waived her right to be present, pleaded not guilty, and demanded a jury trial. Devens granted the request and sent the case to Circuit Court for arraignment to be set a later date.

Maloney has publicly acknowledged that she killed the male bird because she said its mating calls deprived her of sleep.

She said she has asked authorities to reduce the wild peacock population near the towers, but had been unsuccessful in her attempts.

Maloney faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2009, 08:39:28 AM »



she could have at least done it more humanely.
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2009, 12:58:00 PM »

There is an area where I grew up called Rolling Hills and also Palos Verdes.  Alot of people use Peacocks as "guards" instead of dogs.  Mainly because theyare load as shit and yell at anything that moves and that the shit as runny and bad it is alot less than a dogs.  They are all over the North Shore and at Waimea Falls. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 03:38:26 PM »

The jury got it right.  

Peacock-killing woman cleared
By Nelson Daranciang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2011
 
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Sandra Maloney, who admitted she beat a peacock to death with a baseball bat at the Makaha Valley Towers condominium, hugged her husband, James, yesterday after she was acquitted of animal cruelty.

Sandra Maloney doesn't recommend taking a bat to noisy peacocks as she did, but believes a Circuit Court jury verdict clearing her of cruelty-to-animals charges will mean open season on the squawking birds.

"I feel vindicated," she said yesterday after the verdict concluding her four-day trial.

The state had charged Maloney, 70, with a misdemeanor cruelty charge for bludgeoning a peacock and killing it outside her Makaha Valley Towers condominium May 17, 2009.

To find Maloney guilty of cruelty, the jurors needed to determine that peacocks are not insects, pests or vermin and that there was no need for her to kill it. They deliberated less than two hours before finding her not guilty.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources does not require hunting permits to kill peacocks or peahens because it considers peafowl feral animals, not wildlife.

Maloney testified she hit the peacock once on the head with a baseball bat and carried it into some bushes believing it was dead. She said she had ultimately intended to cook it.

"I did not allow that bird to suffer. Those so-called animal lovers who sat down there and watched that bird in agony for 45 minutes to me should be held accountable for something," she said.

A board member of her condominium association testified he saw the bird struggle to move, then tumble down a flight of stairs.

Had she known the bird was still alive, Maloney said she would have put it out of its misery.

Maloney, who said she had grown frustrated and weary of incessant squawking from peacocks on the grounds of Makaha Valley Towers, said she plans to sue her association board.

She said the board refused to take action to reduce the number of birds, which she said leave their feces all over and make it difficult for residents to sleep at night, especially during mating season.

Her lawyer Earle Partington said he believes the state prosecuted Maloney for political reasons.

"We had to waste four days (of trial) of the taxpayers' money for a case the state could not win," he said.

City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said in a written statement his office will not be deterred by yesterday's verdict.

"We will continue to vigorously prosecute cases of excessive cruelty to or ill-treatment of animals. It will always be a policy of this office to advocate for the safety of those who cannot advocate for themselves," he said.

Maloney and her husband still live at Makaha Valley Towers. But she said since she was charged with cruelty, they have received bad treatment and have even received telephone death threats.

Maloney said the birds have not been as loud as in 2009 because people have been quietly killing them.

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