Public & School Children Arrive To Show Support

HONOLULU - Hawaiian Kingdom officials opened the back gate to `Iolani Palace grounds around 2:15 PM today in response to a request from Gary Moniz, head of law enforcement for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

All entry to the grounds had been blocked since early this morning by the Native Hawaiian organization that erected no-trespassing signs, saying the grounds are the property of the "Hawaiian Kingdom."

Anyone is now free to come and go through the back gate.

The Hawaiian group that has occupied the grounds since early this morning say they plan to leave by 5 PM today and return tomorrow.

About 70 people with the "Hawaiian Kingdom Government" gathered on palace grounds beginning at 5:30 AM this morning.

Shortly after noon, Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa and and HPD spokesman Maj. Frank Fujii approached the palace grounds and asked to speak with the leader of the group, Mahealani Asing Kahau.

They were allowed onto the grounds and spoke with Kahau, surrounded by members of the sovereignty group.
The meeting broke up after about 20 minutes.

Afterward, Kahau said Correa had advised her that arrest warrants were being prepared for possible use by officers with the state DLNR in the event they do not leave the palace grounds.

She said they would not resist if arrested. But she said if they're arrested, they will return to the palace tomorrow.

Signs are posted on the gates and only kanaka maoli — those with Hawaiian bloodlines — along with media are being allowed entrance to the grounds.

The Hawaiian organization says it is the rightful owner of the palace and it is time to assume and resume its official seat on `Iolani grounds.

Security guards representing the Kingdom have been posted at each gate and they are giving out applications to those wanting to be recognized by the organization.

About 40 to 45 faculty and students from Halau Lokahi Public Charter School arrived at the palace grounds, some to document the events taking place today from the Hawaiian perspective and others to offer spiritual support for the group, according to teacher Hina Wong.

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Comment by Ku'upuamae'ole on April 30, 2008 at 4:46pm
love this. Hawaiian Kingdom rises! keep posting, & keep bringing out our pride.
Comment by Fern on April 30, 2008 at 3:09pm
RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best news in ages

Comment by Waihili on April 30, 2008 at 2:19pm
Pololei! These people have courage! Is there a legal defense fund to raise money if they get arrested? Lot going on this week... People are rising up all over. In NY, people are furious over the unjust decision regarding the police murder of Sean Bell. Tomorrow in San Francisco, port workers will strike to protest the war in Iraq. Our hearts and prayers are with them all.
Comment by 'Ohana Kamai on April 30, 2008 at 1:56pm
Keep us updated... Mahalo for the post!
Comment by Yolanda Crisostomo on April 30, 2008 at 1:31pm
Wow! That's a twist. Usually you see those signs put up by de facto blocking Kanaka from their land. Kanaka who are lawful owners of all land in Ko Hawaii Pae Aina.

My daughter said a prayer for all us to protect those in Iolani Palace.
Comment by angelnetwork808 on April 30, 2008 at 1:06pm
Much Mahalo, keep me updated PLEASE.....
Comment by dee on April 30, 2008 at 11:05am
Kia kaha nga whanaunga o Hawai'i... Tu Mai! Tu Tonu! Tu Kaha e!

Ku i ka pono!
Comment by Ikaika Hussey on April 30, 2008 at 10:29am
Mahalo for posting this. Please keep us all updated.

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