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Native Hawaiians occupy palace grounds in downtown Honolulu

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080430/ap_on_re_us/palace_takeover;_ylt=AhgSF5YnnAVpHy4zXEnDLbys0NUE Native Hawaiians occupy palace grounds in downtown Honolulu
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      Native Hawaiians occupy palace grounds in downtown
      Honolulu

      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
      Capitol.

      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
      tourist attraction.
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