Shattered Iolani Palace glass replaced after more than a year

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A piece of history shattered by vandals at Iolani Palace has been replaced.

KHON2 was the first to tell you last February that vandals broke into the palace by kicking the glass door, which was more than 130 years old.

On Wednesday, more than a year later, workers finally installed the replacement glass, which cost more than $11,000.

Heather Diamond, Iolani Palace curator, said the palace finally “feels whole again.”

“It was much more difficult than we thought it would be because the hinge had been damaged and so the hinge had to be repaired. It’s an old building and things settle, so putting in the new glass took some really skilled craftsmanship on the part of the guy installing it,” Diamond said.

Palace officials say it took a long time, because the glass had to be specially made to resemble the palace’s original high-lead-based sheet crystal.

The artist who worked on the glass, Pat Mackle, owner of Decorative Glass Processes, used reverse acid etching to keep it as close to the original as possible.

“It’s a toxic process and it’s very time-consuming,” Diamond said. “Most people do sand blasting now so the reverse acid etching is a 19th-century process that he had studied.”

Mackle has done similar repairs for the palace.

The woman who was caught on surveillance video smashing the door, Drew Paahao, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay an $11,500 fine.

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