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Vandals damage 'Iolani Palace door, considered "irreparable"

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2014


The etched glass on one of the entryway doors of historic Iolani Palace was destroyed by vandals Saturday morning, a loss a palace official described as "irreparable."

Two people, a 30-year-old man, who listed no address, and a 21-year-old Hawaii Kai woman, were arrested by police on suspicion of criminal property damage shortly after 8 a.m. but later released pending investigation, according to Honolulu Police Department records.

Palace security staff located and apprehended the two suspects as they were breaking into the palace, said palace executive director Kippen de Alba Chu. They also found the glass to one of the original front glass doors shattered, he said.

"We are devastated that one of our original etched glass doors has been destroyed," de Alba Chu said. "It is an irreparable loss of a treasure."

Iolani Palace, completed in 1882, was built by King David Kalakaua as the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy.

It gained significance and symbolism when Queen Liliuokalani, following the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy, was imprisoned at the palace for five years.

The palace is a designated National Historic Landmark.

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CORRECTION: Queen Liliuokalani was imprisoned at 'Iolani Palace for eight months in 1895, from Jan. 16 to Sept. 6. A previous version of this story said she was incarcerated there for five years.






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iwanaknow wrote:
Cultural terrorist?
on February 9,2014 | 12:56PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The vandalism at this historical treasure is inexcusable. Reading some of the comments, I see the two culprits have Hawaiian names, which makes me wonder whether they are part of some sovereignty group trying to take over the Palace, or working for one of the numerous "Kings" who would like to sit on the throne as has happened in recent years. But this news report has one sentence which screams out for correction. "Queen Liliuokalani, following the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy, was imprisoned at the palace for five years." FALSE. In fact there are two falsehoods in that single sentence. The "Star-Advertiser staff" listed in the by-line had better correct these falsehoods before the article gets printed, and should also name what source told these lies. Somebody did a really lousy job in that sentence.
on February 9,2014 | 03:29PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
(1) Her imprisonment in the Palace had nothing to do with the revolution of January 1893 that overthrew the monarchy. Her imprisonment happened two years later, in January 1895, because she had conspired in a violent attempted counterrevolution led by Robert Wilcox, in which men were killed. Guns and bombs were found hidden in the flower-bed at her home (Washington Place, just a block from the Palace). She had already written letters of appointment for cabinet ministers and department heads in her anticipated new government. Historian Gavan Daws describes it this way: "The grounds of her home at Washington Place were searched, and in the garden the searchers found what they were looking for -- a regular ammunition dump; twenty-one bombs, some of them made with coconut shells; more than thirty rifles; thirty-eight cartridge belts and about a thousand rounds of ammunition; and some pistols and swords." [Gavan Daws, "Shoal of Time" (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974), pp. 282-283]

(2) Her imprisonment in the Palace did not last for 5 years, but only for 8 months, from January 16 to September 6, 1895. Her original sentence was for 5 years at hard labor, but Republic of Hawaii President Sanford Dole, who was her friend of many years, commuted her sentence to only 8 months and also cancelled the "hard labor" part. Her room in the Palace had more square feet than my 2-bedroom condo apartment, and included a private bathroom and a full-time maidservant. Her hard labor was composing songs and sewing a quilt with royalist slogans on it, which is still on display in the "imprisonment" room.


on February 9,2014 | 03:36PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I wish they would rename Dole Middle School in Kalihi. Kalihi Middle Uka School would be good. Most of the Polynesian kids and student body are poor housing kids. They are ashame of what Sanford Dole represented, a ha0le rich man with no connection to these kids.
on February 9,2014 | 05:25PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Dole middle school has a big beautiful oil painting of President Dole in the main office. April 23 will be his 170th birthday. I'll see what I can do to get the principal to put on a special celebration. See my webpage: "Sanford Ballard Dole -- Elected Legislator and Appointed Supreme Court Justice of the Kingdom of Hawaii; President of the Provisional Government and of the Republic of Hawaii; Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, and Presiding Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Territory of Hawaii" at
http://tinyurl.com/6pymj
on February 9,2014 | 05:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
That Dole, today, is just a four-letter word. Another Dole, Sanford's cousin, James "Pineapple" Dole, had a lot of free land for the taking. Other names mentioned by Ken Conklin: Robert Wilcox. His statue is approximately where foreign troops, enemy invaders in 1893, seized a hotel and renamed it and its surroundings, "Camp Boston". And Queen Lili'uokalani. "Her hard labor was composing songs". One of her songs is known throughout the world, "Aloha Oe".
on February 9,2014 | 06:16PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Exactly. Anything he did to benefit Hawai'i was coincidental while he was helping himself and others of the right skin shade. Same with the missionaries who came to preach and somehow ended up rich.
on February 9,2014 | 07:05PM
scooters wrote:
Racist remarks..
on February 9,2014 | 07:06PM
Grimbold wrote:
How many of those kids will be successful leaders and not just low skill easily replaceable by anybody? They don't care or even now the name of S.Dole, nor much anything.
on February 9,2014 | 10:34PM
holokanaka wrote:
Cut it out already Konki with "it was a revolution" lie. "her imprisonnment ...had nothing. To do with the the revolution". Any political or any other event after January 1893 had to do with the "lies and conspiracy of America and a few white businessmen" residing here to steal these Islands. You also know "the imprisonment was a political strategy on the part of the traitors to discourage any attempt to right the wrongs of January 1893. Oh and the reason the Queen had more living area than your hole in the wall was because she was somebody and as I have said you are a nobody.
on February 9,2014 | 06:01PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hawaiian name from Hawaii Kai? Huh.
on February 9,2014 | 05:19PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Huh"? What's so "huh" about it? There's a lot of "Hawaiian names" in Hawaii Kai, including mine. (Not "Hanalei", I was born in Hanalei).
on February 9,2014 | 06:37PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
I have a good comment which gets posted but then immediately vanishes. Try again, and it gets "sent for approval." I think the robot censor has been programmed to reject any comment by me. Gonna try again.
on February 9,2014 | 03:34PM
Grimbold wrote:
just put a space in the offensive word and it will go thru.
on February 9,2014 | 10:36PM
bobbob wrote:
seems like they were trying to break in to steal stuff. It's a old building, but i wouldn't doubt it has a good alarm system, especially with the cultural artifacts in there. They need to kick all the bums out of there as well. A LOT of tourists visit iolani palace, and it's disturbing to see homeless people everywhere.
on February 9,2014 | 05:33PM
gsc wrote:
Please post their Names so the Kanaka Maoli's can take care of them..... Just like the Old Days.....
on February 9,2014 | 12:59PM
Kumukai14 wrote:
I agree!
on February 9,2014 | 01:21PM
MizuInOz wrote:
You can find their names on the police reports. They are public records. This is despicable. If they end up before a judge, some bleeding heart will go before the court and say that because of a hang nail in their childhood, they can't be held accountable for this victimless crime. "I mean after all, your honour, it just an old piece of glass." If they are feed to sharks, the sharks would get upset stomachs. They are a waste of skin and the air they breathe is stolen from us who care. I agree with gsc... can't be too soon.
on February 9,2014 | 02:39PM
MizuInOz wrote:
BTW, their names are on F a c e b o o k. Just saying.
on February 9,2014 | 02:41PM
Hawaii5OhOh wrote:
Hawaii News Now posted their names: 21 year old Drew Paaha and 30 year old Koa Alii Keaulana
on February 9,2014 | 02:44PM
maya wrote:
It appears that one of the perps visited the Iolani Palace prior to this incident. It is on his Facebook page.
on February 9,2014 | 02:51PM
Alohapatty wrote:
Yeah, and it says his baby mama is Drew Paaha - Koa posted an ultrasound with Drew's name on it.
on February 9,2014 | 04:55PM
aomohoa wrote:
I hope they read this. Drew Paaha and Koa Alii you are garbage and have no respect and deserve none.
on February 9,2014 | 03:22PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
both are Hawaiian? Why would any Hawaiian disrespect their own heritage and damage the palace? If true they deserve a severe penalty.
on February 9,2014 | 03:22PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Facebook page for "Koalii Keaulana" is at
https://www.facebook.com/koaalii.keaulana
Kailua H.S. class of 2001. Lives in Waimanalo.
Interestingly, 5 photos dated December 15, 2013 have the caption "Puamae'ole Pa'ahao was with Koa'alii M V Keaulana at Iolani Palace."
One of those photos at the palace looks like they're sitting in the benches at the mauka entrance where you get your booties, waiting to take a tour.
Casing the joint perhaps?
Interesting surname for his companion -- Pa'ahao. A prophecy perhaps?
on February 9,2014 | 04:01PM
bobbob wrote:
They're hawaiians and ali'i, just trying to get into their house - - -- - - - "According to the Honolulu Police Department, 21-year-old Drew Paahao and 30-year-old Koa Alii Keaulana, were arrested after they allegedly entered the historic site by kicking open a door, breaking the door and window."
on February 9,2014 | 05:34PM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
Feed them to the Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!
on February 9,2014 | 01:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
They would spit out garbage like them!
on February 9,2014 | 03:22PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Geezus, why were they released??? The evidence points to their guilt and they should have been locked up until their hearing. Two more homeless idiots and all these liberal retards make laws to protect these dregs of society. I don't understand our legal system and legislators and all these bleeding heart liberals. To hell with their rights. They should have been given a swift kick in their groins, thrown in jail, and fed all the glass etchings that were broken and, yes, as one comment that was made, their names should have been posted and let's see them enjoy their freedom...more so, why couldn't their pictures be posted on the 'net.......Please don't talk to me about their rights etc......This was IOLANI PALACE.....one of the last historical icons in Hawaiian history......
on February 9,2014 | 01:20PM
Waimanalodayz1 wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on February 9,2014 | 01:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sounds good to me. I knew there was a reason I love the Big Island.
on February 9,2014 | 03:23PM
steveshawaii27 wrote:
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!
on February 9,2014 | 01:30PM
SteveToo wrote:
Pick them up again and then release them in the big park in the Wai`anae Homestead. LOL No more court costs. LOL
on February 9,2014 | 01:31PM
Aloha wrote:
Shameful. The "Imprisonment Room" would be too good for the "suspects". Treason comes to mind.
on February 9,2014 | 01:33PM
nitpikker wrote:
real smart. no address and he gets released? how do they expect to find him again?
on February 9,2014 | 01:43PM
kainalu wrote:
Touché
on February 9,2014 | 01:52PM
slowroll323 wrote:
LOL!
on February 9,2014 | 05:56PM
kuniagirl wrote:
I don't know why SA isn't identifying them. Their names are on other news sites.
on February 9,2014 | 01:48PM
gsc wrote:
Which sites, What's their Names PLEASE????
on February 9,2014 | 02:25PM
kuniagirl wrote:
k h n l
on February 9,2014 | 03:49PM
W_Williams wrote:
So sad, and it's probably our homegrown chronics. No respect for anyone or anything.
on February 9,2014 | 02:07PM
entrkn wrote:
Incarcerate them until they replace the irreparable door...
on February 9,2014 | 02:13PM
naloblues67 wrote:
what? two people with Hawaiian blood?..auwe
on February 9,2014 | 02:51PM
aomohoa wrote:
They listed no address??? They just let them go. What garbage. I am so sick of the vandals destroying things here. All the graffiti is disgusting. My theory is that these low life people are jealous of anything that is nice because they are garbage and have nothing worth caring about. No respect!!! Nothing but trash!
on February 9,2014 | 03:20PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
(1) Her imprisonment in the Palace had nothing to do with the revolution of January 1893 that overthrew the monarchy. Her imprisonment happened two years later, in January 1895, because she had conspired in a violent attempted counterrevolution led by Robert Wilcox, in which men were killed. Guns and bombs were found hidden in the flower-bed at her home (Washington Place, just a block from the Palace). She had already written letters of appointment for cabinet ministers and department heads in her anticipated new government. Historian Gavan Daws describes it this way: "The grounds of her home at Washington Place were searched, and in the garden the searchers found what they were looking for -- a regular ammunition dump; twenty-one bombs, some of them made with coconut shells; more than thirty rifles; thirty-eight cartridge belts and about a thousand rounds of ammunition; and some pistols and swords." [Gavan Daws, "Shoal of Time" (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974), pp. 282-283]
on February 9,2014 | 03:30PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
(2) Her imprisonment in the Palace did not last for 5 years, but only for 8 months, from January 16 to September 6, 1895. Her original sentence was for 5 years at hard labor, but Republic of Hawaii President Sanford Dole, who was her friend of many years, commuted her sentence to only 8 months and also cancelled the "hard labor" part. Her room in the Palace had more square feet than my 2-bedroom condo apartment, and included a private bathroom and a full-time maidservant. Her hard labor was composing songs and sewing a quilt with royalist slogans on it, which is still on display in the "imprisonment" room.
on February 9,2014 | 03:38PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Part of senility is talking nonsense then repeating it every time a new face shows up. That and posting multiple times then asking where it went then apologizing when you find it. Like "damn where's the car keys"? I just had it? Oh, it's in my right ear!
on February 9,2014 | 06:08PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
(1) Her imprisonment in the Palace had nothing to do with the revolution of January 1893 that overthrew the monarchy. Her imprisonment happened two years later, in January 1895, because she had conspired in a violent attempted counterrevolution led by Robert Wilcox, in which men were killed. Guns and bombs were found hidden in the flower-bed at her home (Washington Place, just a block from the Palace). She had already written letters of appointment for cabinet ministers and department heads in her anticipated new government. Historian Gavan Daws describes it this way: "The grounds of her home at Washington Place were searched, and in the garden the searchers found what they were looking for -- a regular ammunition dump; twenty-one bombs, some of them made with coconut shells; more than thirty rifles; thirty-eight cartridge belts and about a thousand rounds of ammunition; and some pistols and swords." [Gavan Daws, "Shoal of Time" (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974), pp. 282-283]
on February 9,2014 | 03:31PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
I have a good comment which gets posted but then immediately vanishes. When I try again it gets "sent for approval" to purgatory. I'm gonna try again
on February 9,2014 | 03:32PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Sorry. Suddenly now the comment shows up at the top.
on February 9,2014 | 03:37PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Usually it's a certain word that triggers it. I wonder if it was "sovereignty" or "screams"?
on February 9,2014 | 05:56PM
HOSSANA wrote:
If these two idiots are Hawaiians, I wonder what are their stupid agendas and or, Hawaiian organization they belong to in their desecration of Iolani Palace. Whatever their motives, it was inexcusable on their part and they deserve to be incarcerated to the fullest extent of the law. Bunch of trashy dregs in our society. Nothing more and nothing less.
on February 9,2014 | 04:57PM
Iiotoko wrote:
What a sad commentary on some of today's generation who have no sense of traditional values - but it's not surprising when so many of them are seen wearing t-shirts and sweats that say "Ainokea"...
on February 9,2014 | 04:57PM
scuddrunner wrote:
I'd like to see the door, how bad could it be?
on February 9,2014 | 05:25PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
special glass etched with images of hula dancers, personally selected for the Palace by King Kalakaua.
on February 9,2014 | 06:01PM
scooters wrote:
The "Homeless" trying to find a better place to camp out!!
on February 9,2014 | 07:07PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
The Ghost of the Palace might haunt them.
on February 9,2014 | 09:42PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
ho da shame...
on February 10,2014 | 05:49AM
tutulois wrote:
Security at the Palace has been too lax for years. Time to ramp it up -- though I hope they don't have to resort to iron bars. It is a treasure, and deserves to be better protected.
on February 10,2014 | 07:13AM
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