Scattered over grass and trees, kihei stolen from the Royal Order of Kamehameha found

HPD recovered 15 of the 100 stolen kihei.

Scattered over grass and trees, kihei stolen from the Royal Order of Kamehameha found
This is what the stolen kihei look like. (Image: Royal Order of Kamehameha)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police recovered on Sunday 15 of the 100 kihei stolen earlier this week from the Royal Order of Kamehameha.

HPD says the kihei, which are red with black triangles to represent the Order, were hanging from trees and on the grass at park – but that wasn’t the only place they were seen.

Billie Gabriel of the Royal Order of Kamehameha said she saw a homeless woman sewing two kihei together near the exit of the park.

Gabriel approached her saying “Aunty, nice your material,” to which the woman replied, “Yes, I found this in the grass down there. Thank you, Jesus.”

Gabriel said the two prayed together before she left.

“I walked away and my heart was full,” Gabriel said. “The kihei are serving a new purpose than initially intended.”

Police have recovered 15 kihei stolen from the Royal Order of Kamehameha.
Police have recovered 15 kihei stolen from the Royal Order of Kamehameha. (Billie Gabriel)

On Thursday evening, two suitcases containing the 100 kihei were taken from the trunk of a car at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

The car was parked across from Vintage Cave Cafe on the makai street level between 7:30 and 10 p.m.

The Order is working on figuring out what to do next.

If you happen to see a homeless person with this kihei, the Order asks you to celebrate the fact that the kihei are bringing comfort to those in need.

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