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Stolen Buddhist temple bell found north of Hilo

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HILO >> Officials at a Hawaii Buddhist temple are looking for ways to better secure a bell that’s nearly a century old and was found after going missing for more than a week.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports a motorist who stopped for a lunch break Thursday afternoon in a semi-secluded area north of Hilo spotted the bell. It was on a brown tarp, in a gulch that has a stream running through it.

Temple President Richard Fujii says police processed the bell as evidence before a few people hauled it back. Cast in 1919 in Japan, the relic weighs more than 100 pounds.

Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission secretary Rose Broughton says before reinstalling the bell, the temple needs to find a better way to secure it.

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