Iolani Palace vandal suspect indicted after two months

FILE: Drew Paahao and Koa Alii Keaulana in court.
FILE: Drew Paahao and Koa Alii Keaulana in court.

Update Apr. 22, 2014: Paahau has entered a plea of “not guilty.”

An Oahu grand jury has indicted Drew Paahau, a.k.a. Drew Paahao, in a vandalism incident that occurred at Iolani Palace in February, Attorney General David M. Louie announced Thursday.

The 21-year-old was indicted with Criminal Property Damage in the First degree (a class B felony) and Burglary in the Second degree (a class C felony). The court is expected to issue a bench warrant for her apprehension and arrest.

A class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine. A class C felony is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Paahao’s bail has been set at $25,000.

On February 8, Honolulu police arrested Paahao and her companion, 30-year-old Koa Keaulana, for breaking into Iolani Palace. Palace officials say Paahao kicked in an entryway door, shattered a windowpane that was more than 130 years old.

Surveillance video showed Paahao and Keaulana entering the palace. Security guards caught up with the couple minutes after they entered the Grand Hall and headed down to the basement.

After a court hearing for unrelated charges, KHON2 asked Paahao why she did it and she didn’t deny it, saying “’Cause that’s my house. Yeah, that’s my house.”

“We intend to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law for the irreparable damage caused to the historic and priceless original glass pane on the front door of the Iolani Palace,” said Attorney General Louie. “Iolani Palace served as a home to the Hawaiian monarchy and stands today as a National treasure which needs to be preserved and protected.”

The Attorney General stresses an indictment is merely an allegation against Paahau and she is presumed innocent until she is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt by a judge or jury.

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