Couple accused of shattering glass at Iolani Palace

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Feb 10 2014 07:16:00 AM HST

Reactions from residents and visitors to damage caused by two vandals at Iolani Palace in their attempts to break into the historic building.

HONOLULU -

The nation's only palace got no respect on Saturday when two people shattered valuable glass on a door at the Iolani Palace.

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"Why would someone want to do that to it?" asked local resident David Hurtley.

That was the reaction to the damaged authentic and original door.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.  Officers arrested a 30-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman after palace security guards caught the couple trying to break in.

The sign at the bottom of the front steps read "Do Not Enter.  Alarm Will Sound."  It's a message police say the couple clearly disregarded.

Iolani Palace Executive Director Kippen de Alba Chu released the following statement:  "We are devastated that one of our original etched glass doors has been destroyed.  It is an irreparable loss of a treasure."

It's a piece of history that dates back to the monarchy.

"It's not only a disgrace to our culture, but to Hawaii as well and I don't feel that's the right thing to do," said Iolani Palace visitor Kaleialoha Gardner.

Visitors say the wooden board is an eyesore on such an historic and cultural building.

"We're come all this way from wherever in the world to see a structure like that and to see it vandalized, it makes it really, really sad!" said Canadian visitor Ratan Pandey.

Damage is estimated at around $20,000 because this is the original door.

Iolani Palace workers we spoke with say the style of the crystal-etched glass will have to be custom made.

"I think it's bad.  Really bad.  And they should be punished to the extent of the law!" said Hurtley.

"If this is your culture, you should respect your culture and have at least some sympathy for those who do care about it," said Gardner.

Police released the two suspects on Saturday pending the investigation.

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