HILO, Hawaii – A disagreement over a notorious collection of signs at a county park in Hilo led to a temporary upheaval on Wednesday, as opposing viewpoints clashed on the sidewalk beside Lincoln Park.
Aloha Na Keiki, a group led local soundman Pepe Romero, asked Yahweh Lincoln Park Ministry fixture James Borden to remove his graphic anti-abortion signs from the front of the keiki park, feet away from where children swing and slide on playground equipment. When Borden refused, the group took action. They removed the signs and placed them by Borden’s truck parked on kino’ole Street. Aloha Na Keiki enjoyed a short lived victory, however. Borden called the police and before long the signs were back in place.
In June, concerned parents and residents kicked off a social media-fueled effort to “Take Back Lincoln Park” from Borden and his signs, which they say are inappropriate for the location. Borden says he has the right to display his signs there under constitutional law. Police seem to agree. So far efforts by to have the county intervene by removing the signs have been unsuccessful.