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Nationalist group protests at Iolani Palace

Henry Noa Henry Noa
Alex Luka Alex Luka

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL)- State authorities are on standby yet again at Iolani Palace, as a Hawaiian nationalist group protests what it calls the United States' illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

They started their protest Sunday night and were asked to leave, and Monday afternoon they were back.

But unlike others, these protestors aren't trying to overthrow the throne.

The Reinstated Hawaiian Government (RNG) says the grounds of Iolani Palace are sacred to Hawaii Nationals and their continued vigil Monday afternoon is part of an effort to preserve tradition.

The battle line is marked, state authorities are on standby, and the Reinstated Hawaiian Government's come to claim, not the throne but rights.

"A basic human right that a national in his own country has the right to exercise," said Group Prime Minister Henry Noa.

As part of a seven-day vigil, group members sit peacefully in protest. It's an annual tradition that stems back to January 17th,1893.

"It's a day we consider very sacred to us because of our loss of sovereignty," said Noa.

They follow the rules, despite calling the actions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources oppressive and suppressive against hawaii nationals.

The same can't be said for the group called "The Kingdom of Hawaii," who chained outside gates and broke into the palace. The hostile overthrow led to more than 20 arrests. But the RHG fears the DLNR affiliates those actions with all nationals.

"They use that as an excuse to try and diminish or destroy what's been going on now for 116 years," said Noa.

"All we're asking them is that if this is your property, you should have the title to it," said Hawaii Nationalist Alex Luka.

"I just want to go home to my own country," said Noa.

In a statement the DLNR says it passed rules to specifically protect and preserve the Iolani Palace monument, especially after August's attempted takeover. Officials say rules are in place to make sure there isn't a repeat.

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