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Papaaloa Hongwanji Temple Bell Stolen

October 21, 2015, 4:47 PM HST
* Updated October 22, 9:10 AM
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Papaaloa Hongwanji’s Temple Bell is missing.

The bell has sat at the hongwanji since at least 1919, according to Secretary Rose Broughton, who says the bell was taken from the property between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

“We cannot stress how important both culturally and historically this bell is to our temple,” Broughton said. “Many of our members are in their 80’s and 90’s and have had this bell in their lives since childhood.”

The bell reportedly was brought from Japan by a local family, weighs a minimum of 150 pounds, and is believed to be made of bronze.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Papaaloa Hongwanji’s Temple Bell may call Broughton at 962-6948 or Richard Fujii at 962-6120.

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Those with information can also contact the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency room at 935-3311, Officer Robert Panem at 962-2120; or e-mail Sergeant Jefferson Grantz at [email protected].

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Individuals who would prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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