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Prince Kuhio statue cleaned, vandalism called 'desecration'

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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The bronze Prince Kuhio statue in Waikiki looks new again.

City workers cleaned orange graffiti from the statue and applied a wax coating to restore its shine.

On Halloween night, video caught a man spray painting the statue. Police arrested 19-year-old Andrew Keiga Chalaire for the vandalism about 11 p.m. Police said they caught him in the act.

“This type of desecration to a piece of art honoring a beloved Hawaiian alii won’t be tolerated here on O‘ahu,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in a news release.

“I’m glad the alleged vandal was apprehended by the Honolulu Police Department and I’m urging the toughest penalties possible. We need to send a strong message that these type of acts and any sort of graffiti are completely unacceptable.”

Misty Kelai, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, added it "breaks my heart that someone would deface our beloved prince."

"Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole ... worked his entire life to strengthen the Hawaiian people and empower the community he served. We have to respect the monuments that are in place to remind kamaaina and malihini of the contributions of our alii."

The artwork was commissioned by the city in 2001 and unveiled a year later.

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