Hawaiian sovereignty leader acquitted of felony burglary

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - After about a day of deliberations, an Oahu jury on Friday found the leader of a Hawaiian sovereignty group not guilty of burglarizing Iolani Palace last year.

Instead, jurors convicted James Akahi of the much lesser offense of simple trespass.

State prosecutors argued the leader of the Kingdom of Hawaii Nation broke into the historic landmark because he wanted to chain himself to the throne. But Akahi, who claims he's the rightful heir to the throne, says he has nothing but respect for the Palace.

The judge ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine for the violation.