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Hawaiian stone altar marking land damaged on Kauai

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:57 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

LIHUE >> A stone altar marking culturally significant Hawaiian land has been damaged on Kauai.

The Garden Island reported that it's unclear whether the marker protected by state law was damaged on purpose or on accident.

Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane says there's no evidence suggesting criminal intent. She says someone may have backed their vehicle into the altar -- known as an ahu in Hawaiian.

The ahu is significant to Hawaiian nationals because it marks the land as being controlled by federal and state government, rather than by a Hawaiian government.

Markers were built as part of a project to mark lands after a 1993 resolution from U.S. Congress acknowledged and apologized for overthrowing the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893.

The United States annexed Hawaii in 1898.

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eoe wrote:
Its hard when the pinnacle of your cultural achievement is a jumble of stones, especially one built in 1993.
on November 20,2013 | 01:18PM
Pareidolic wrote:
True; that was a bad year for stones, I am told.
on November 20,2013 | 05:03PM
MichaelG wrote:
Ahu as in Ahupua'a? Land divisions noted as Ahuua'a or pig altar placed at each boundary.
on November 20,2013 | 06:58PM
LMO wrote:
Great article...NOT! Where was the Ahu? What land was it marking? How long has it been there? Who so poorly wrote this article?
on November 21,2013 | 01:50AM
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