HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - People claiming to be fighting for the sovereignty of Hawaii locked themselves inside the Iolani Palace grounds on Sunday.
Considering the timing, crews at the scene are trying to figure out whether the demonstrators specifically chose Monday, since it marks the first day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference.
The group released the following email:
"The lawfully recognized government of the Kingdom of Hawaii has secured the Iolani Palace. Iolani Palace is and has always been the seat of government of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
The Hawaiian Kingdom has been belligerently occupied since 1893 by the military of the United States of America.
On Monday October 31, 2010 the Marshall of Aupuni o Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Hawaiian Kingdom government began serving orders to the various corporations established by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The Admiral Robert Willard of the Pacific Naval Base was the first to be served. Several others orders were served by the Kingdom's Marshall His Higness Nakolomona. The Governor Neil Abercrombie, along with both the Police and Sheriff's departments. The legislative body also received the notices.
The last to be served were the Friends of Iolani Palace, a non profit organization that has been occupying the seat of government.
The Hawaiian Kingdom government was recognized on April 16, 2008 by the legislative body of the State of Hawaii.
The occupying UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has violated numerous laws of military occupation.
Several enforcement agencies arrived at the palace grounds and threatened to remove the Her Majesty Mahealani Head of State, her council and several supporters. However after talking with Mr. William Aila Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources,his enforcement officers have been ordered to leave and stand down. The chains have been removed from the gate and the Government of Aupuni o Ka Hawaii Pae will reamin on the grounds of Iolani Palace.
The Hawaiian Kingdom Government will begin to conduct the business of their Kingdom tomorrow."
The protestors reportedly gathered at 10 p.m. Sunday and remain on palace grounds.
No arrests have been made.