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Sovereignty group wants agency to vacate 'Iolani Palace grounds

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:08 p.m. HST, Nov 2, 2011

A group of about 20 Hawaiian sovereignty activists belonging to the group Hawaiian Kingdom Government issued a 50-page statement today demanding that the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace vacate the grounds.

Mahealani Asing Kahau, head of state for the organization claiming to be the right heirs to the Hawaiian government, handed the document to Kippen de Alba Chu, the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace executive director, in front of the Kanaina administrative building shortly before noon.

State Land Board Chairman William Aila, who was on hand along with several state enforcement officers and palace security personnel, said he received a similar letter on behalf of the state Monday.

The move comes less than a week before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering during which 21 heads of state are expected to gather.

Kahau’s group has been gathering on various parts of the palace grounds five days a week since May 2008, showing up in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. Kahau, who declined to speak to the Star-Advertiser today, said the group is running its seat of government from there and holding office hours.

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