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Woman pleads Guilty to Criminal Property Damage at ʻIolani Palace

August 27, 2014, 7:01 AM HST
* Updated August 27, 7:05 AM
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By Wendy Osher

A woman who was arrested and charged for kicking open a door at ʻIolani Palace on Oʻahu, pleaded guilty to criminal property damage and second degree burglary in circuit court on Tuesday.

Drew Paahau, 22, of Honoluu faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine or both for the criminal property damage charge; and 5 years in prison or a $10,000 fine or both for the burglary charge, according to State Attorney General David Louie. 

The charges stem from February 8, 2014 incident in which the Attorney General said Paahau kicked the front door to the palace, causing significant damage to an antique Victorian period etched glass panel within the door that was appraised at $100,000.

The charges allege that Paahau broke-in with the intent to take items from within.

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In an earlier statement, Louie noted that ʻIolani Palace served as a home to the Hawaiian monarchy that he said, “stands today as a national treasure which needs to be preserved and protected.”

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Sentencing has been set for November 14th.

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