HILO >> The vandalized statue of King Kamehameha in Hilo is getting its spear tip back.
A Hawaii Fire Department ladder truck will help with the installation of the 6-foot section of spear. A Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association official says a local artist who wishes to remain anonymous performed the repair work, and that thousands of dollars have been raised toward other improvements, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
Investigators found the spear, which had been forcibly detached, in overgrowth behind the statue on Sept. 8.
“A lot of alumni have told me they’re relieved the spear has been found and happy it’s going to be reinstalled,” said the association’s treasurer, Robert W. “Bobby” Yamada II.
William Roy Carroll pleaded not guilty to property damage and theft charges in the vandalism. His trial is set for Jan. 25.
The association is continuing to raise funds toward its $50,000 goal for improvements on the 5-ton statue installed in 1997.
“We’re looking to install more lights,” Yamada said. “We’re looking to fix the rock wall so (rocks) don’t pop out, and we need to fix the statue itself.”
Association members hope repairs will be completed before the statue is draped in lei to celebrate Kamehameha Day on June 11.