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Police make 8 trespassing arrests at aha

Honolulu police have arrested eight people for trespassing at a golf club where Native Hawaiians are gathered to discuss self-governance.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says six men and two women were arrested at noon Monday.

This is the final week of the four-week convention at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua. Participants aim to draft a governing document, which could eventually go before the Native Hawaiian community for ratification.

Some Native Hawaiians have been protesting the effort for various reasons, including opposing federal recognition.

Kahookahi Kanuha says he and others were arrested after they entered the golf club gates.

Organizers originally planned to have 40 elected convention delegates. They later invited all candidates to participate after facing a legal challenge to the election.

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