Native Hawaiians occupy palace grounds in downtown
By MARK NIESSE, Associated Press Writer 20 minutes ago
HONOLULU - A Native Hawaiian group that advocates
sovereignty locked the gates of a historic palace
Wednesday in downtown Honolulu, saying it would carry
out the business of what it considers the legitimate
government of the islands.
State deputy sheriffs weren't allowing anyone else to
enter Iolani Palace grounds as unarmed security guards
from the Hawaiian Kingdom Government group blocked all
gates to the palace, which is adjacent to the state
Arrest warrants were being prepared and would probably
be served on the 60 or so protesters later in the day,
officials said. Protest leaders said they were
prepared to be arrested and would go peacefully.
Protest leader Mahealani Kahau said the group doesn't
recognize Hawaii as a U.S. state. Supporters planned
to keep the protest peaceful and if evicted would
return later, she said.
The group is one of several Hawaiian sovereignty
organizations in the islands, which became the 50th
U.S. state in 1959.
The palace, the official residence of the Hawaiian
Kingdom's last two monarchs, is a major downtown