Iolani Palace defaced with graffiti

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Oct 11 2013 05:23:00 PM HST

The final home of Hawaii's monarchy was defaced with graffiti. Iolani Palace security says vandals tagged the entrance sign and two spots on the King St. wall sometime late Tuesday.

HONOLULU -

Vandals have defaced one of Hawaii's most precious landmarks.

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Iolani Palace security officials said vandals tagged an entrance sign and two spots on its King Street wall sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

A caretaker was able to clean the sign, but was not able to get rid of two marks on the wall across the street from the King Kamehameha statue.

"This is sacred, and sacred is what life is about. Not abusing each other. This is precious. I've lived in the United States my entire life and this area is the only palace and king the United States has ever had," said Jim Brown, a visitor from Los Angeles.

"The public deserves to be able to visit a place like this and feel like we are moving into another people's culture that's much older than the culture of the rest of the United States," he said.

Palace security officials said they are trying to figure out a way to remove the remaining graffiti without damaging the wall.

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