The removal of King Kamehameha’s spear from his statue in Wailoa State Park was more a case of vandalism than of theft. The upper section of the bronze spear, which police determined had been “forcibly removed” was recovered from the overgrowth near Alenaio Stream near the statue. But the HPD’s public notice about the recovery of the spear still refers to it as “stolen.”
Police checking the stream in a boat discovered the missing section. Detectives, with the aid of a Fire Department ladder truck, also collected additional evidence from the statue and “determined that the section of the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section.”
“The spear segment will be processed for any forensic evidence and returned to the statue’s organizers,” continued the police communique. “Detectives continue to check nearby businesses and buildings for the existence of video surveillance.
The Chronicle asked the police if the gold leaf that covered the end of the spear as still there when the spear was recovered. It was, so stealing the gold wasn’t a motive (even if it had been, it would have been misguided; the amount of gold was minuscule. The only motive appears to have been pure maliciousness.
The removal of the spear was first reported last Sunday in the early afternoon.
“Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the responsible person or persons in this case to call Detective Sandor Finkey at 961-2384 or email him at email@example.com. “or an call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 961-8300. A reward of up to $1000 has been offered for evidence leading to the solution of the case.