Guilty plea accepted for property damage to historic Iolani Palace

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Iolani Palace
Photo: Emily Metcalf

HONOLULU – Attorney General David M. Louie announced that today Drew Paahau (22) of Honolulu, plead guilty to Criminal Property Damage in the First Degree and Burglary in the Second Degree, before Judge Rom Trader, First Circuit, Island of Oahu.

Ms. Paahau faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine or both for the Criminal Property Damage charge and 5 years imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both for the Burglary charge. Sentencing is set for November 14, 2014.


Ms. Paahau was arrested and charged for kicking open a door at Iolani Palace on February 8, 2014, and entering Iolani Palace with the intent to take items from within.

Ms. Paahau’s kick to the front door of the Iolani Palace caused significant damage to an antique Victorian period etched glass panel within the door.

Due to the extraordinary historical value of the etched glass panel, the fair market value of the door was appraised at $100,000.00.





  1. The spelling and pronunciation of the hoodlum's last name is very close to the Hawaiian word for "prisoner" or "convict"; which is "pa'ahao." Let's hope her name is prophetic.

  2. She should've taken the door. She probably could've gotten like $20. I'm going to go on a limb here and guess this was drug-related?

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