Detectives have found the spear that was taken from King Kamehameha's (cah-MEH'-ha-MEH'-ha) statute on Hawaii's Big Island.

The top section of the spear held by a statute of the Hawaiian warrior was reported missing Sunday. Detectives returned to the scene to continue investigating Tuesday when they found the missing spear section in overgrowth on the banks of a channel behind the statute.

Police say the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section. Police will examine the spear segment for forensic evidence.

Kamehameha the First is known for uniting the Hawaiian islands in 1810. The statue in downtown Hilo near Wailoa (wy-LOH'-ah) State Park is one of several bearing his likeness.

On Kamehameha Day, celebrated June 11, his statues are ceremoniously draped with lei.