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.