Hawaiians Protest Statehood; Vow to Take Over

Monarchists blockade royal palace
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 4:12 AM CDT
Mahealani Kahau, head of the group known as the Hawaiian Kingdom Government, speaks to the media after her group occupied the ground of the Iolani Palace, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 in Honolulu.    (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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(Newser) – A group of native Hawaiian activists seized the grounds of the state's old royal palace in Honolulu yesterday and vowed to take over, CNN reports. They locked the gates and announced they would rule the government from there. The group, one of several which rejects Hawaii's statehood and seeks to restore the constitutional monarchy deposed in 1893 with the help of the US, vowed to return each day.