HILO, Hawaii – The statue of King Kamehameha the Great in Hilo has its spear again.
The ihe was restored to the Wailoa State Park landmark in a rainy ceremony held Saturday at noon, with the help of the Hawaii County Fire Department ladder truck.
The top part of the spear went missing on September 6. 31 year-old William Roy Carroll was later arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. Police recovered the spear tip from the overgrowth along the banks of the park’s water channel. Carroll will go on trial for the alleged crime on January 25.
Kahu Moses Kahookele Crabbe led the Hawaiian blessing for the event, which was attended by members of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association and the public. The event was part of Kamehameha Schools Founder’s Day celebration, honoring the memory and legacy of Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Crabbe told those in attendance that Carroll should be forgiven for his actions because he believes that is what Pauahi would have done.