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Historic Kauai lantern damaged by wind needs new glass orb

KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) - Kapaa residents are trying to repair a historic Japanese stone lantern damaged by strong winds.

The lantern was built in 1915 by first-generation Japanese immigrants. It stood in Kapaa until 1943, when it was toppled and buried to show American loyalty during World War II.

It remained buried until 1972, but no organization would take responsibility for it, so it was re-buried 24 hours later. It was unearthed again in 1987. Community groups restored it in 2008.

Lihue newspaper, The Garden Island, reported Wednesday Kapaa residents are looking to replace the glass orb that fell off the lantern and shattered in February.

Wailua Kapaa Neighborhood Association Chairwoman Rayne Regush calls it one of the community's treasures.

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