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Native Hawaiians rally on anniversary of monarchy overthrow

Henry Noa Henry Noa

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Exactly 117 years ago, Queen Liliuokalani was forced to give up her throne, making her Hawaii's last monarch.

To mark the anniversary, native Hawaiians gathered at Iolani Palace Sunday to remember the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

A group called Lawful Hawaiian Government sponsored the rally. Organizers say the United States stole their nation and they held the event to reunite its people.

"What made this year special was that this is 200 years of King Kamehameha uniting the kanaka people, under one race, one nation, one government," said Henry Noa of Lawful Hawaiian Government.

The prime minister of the group says events like this are more important than ever, now that the Akaka Bill is on its way to a full Senate vote.

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