Video by David Corrigan
HILO, Hawaii – On Labor Day, families gathered around the Kamehameha Statue at Hilo’s Wailoa State Park following the upsetting news that someone had stolen the spear from the iconic cultural landmark.
Nawai Chartrand and his family, for example, brought gifts and joined hands in Hawaiian protocol. Chartrand said he and his ohana were trying to keep a positive outlook in the face of the mysterious act of vandalism.
Police say the spear was last seen in the hands of the Kamehameha Statue on Saturday, September 5th and was reported missing on Sunday, September 6th at 2:48 p.m.
Police ask anyone with information about this incident, the identity of the suspects or the whereabouts of the stolen item to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Matthew Lewis at (808) 961-2213. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.