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Historic Iolani Palace glass replaced after vandalism

Historic Iolani Palace glass replaced after vandalism Historic Iolani Palace glass replaced after vandalism
The Iolani Palace window after it was vandalized in 2014 The Iolani Palace window after it was vandalized in 2014
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The front door of Iolani Palace finally has new glass: a re-creation of the 130-year old crystal pane that was shattered during a break-in one year ago.

The broken glass was an original piece ordered in England, etched in San Francisco, and installed in time for King David Kalakaua's grand opening of the palace in 1882.

In February of 2014, two people were caught on surveillance camera breaking into the palace. A woman who was seen kicking the door in, Drew Paahao, was sentenced to a year in jail.

Since then, a specialist from California has been hard at work trying to make the new glass, which couldn't be replaced with just any material.

"Part of that time was finding the glass. We're using a German glass that's custom made. It's a glass made to look like 19th Century glass," said Heather Diamond, an Iolani Palace curator.

The repairs cost $11,500 and were paid for by a donation.

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