Vandalism discovered at sacred Native Hawaiian site

Vandalism discovered at sacred Native Hawaiian site
(Image: DLNR)
(Image: DLNR)

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - State officials say vandals have etched crosses on the crumbling remains of the 180-year-old palace of a former Hawaiian king.

King Kamehameha III's summer palace sits in a forest in a Honolulu neighborhood.

According to the state, the palace named Kaniakapupu was also Hawaii's first government building built in a Western style, with mortar and plaster.

Baron Ching of a volunteer group preserving the site says this isn't the first time it's been vandalized.

He says there's no way to repair the damage.

The site is closed to the public. However, social media sites tout it as a scenic and leisurely hike.

Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday that unless the vandals are caught desecrating the sacred cultural site, there's little law enforcement can do.

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