Authorities say somebody last week apparently dismantled the Mauna Kea summit alter with a machete.
The alter was built in 1997 for spiritual purposes and included personal momentos of two soldiers killed in Iraq.</p>
This past weekend vandals partly dismantled an ahu on the grounds of Iolani Palace this weekend, scattering more than 20 sacred stones around the grassy area and leaving one atop the site’s gated burial mound. That shrine was built in 1993.</p>
Vandals desecrate Iolani Palace shrine</a>
February 20, 2006
Honolulu Star Bulletin</p>
With a snowstorm stinging their faces, 17 people climbed to the summit of Mauna Kea late Tuesday afternoon to repair a native Hawaiian altar that was desecrated earlier this month by unknown vandals.
With winds from the west reaching 35 mph and temperatures dropping below zero, the group labored in the oxygen-thin air to replace the rock base and the wooden pole frame over the ahu lele built in 1997 at the summit of the 13,796-foot mountain sacred to Hawaiians and prized by astronomers.