original story. The state yesterday denied a permit to a Hawaiian sovereignty group that wanted to continue to occupy part of the ‘Iolani Palace grounds, as it has been doing since April 30.go to
violating permit rulesState rules governing parks and other public places prohibit groups of 25 or more from gathering and using sound systems and tents without a permit. The Hawaiian Kingdom Government assembled up to 75 supporters and used sound systems and tents during its 2 1/2-week presence on palace grounds. Efforts to contact members of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government about the denial of their permit were unsuccessful. From May 1 through yesterday, members of the group have spent each weekday on the back lawn “conducting business,” according to members of the organization. They obtained five-day permits on May 5 and 12 and were attempting to get one for the week of May 19. Thielen, who heads the Department of Land and Natural Resources that oversees the palace grounds, said three infractions of the permit occurred the week of May 5, including the setting up of a tent outside the permitted area, money-collecting by the organization, and attempts by group members to enter the palace itself. Group members have said they were given bags of quarters by supporters who passed by. The group parks its vehicles in metered stalls nearby, and the quarters were to feed the meter, the group said.
signatures neededAsked what specific assurances she is seeking from the group, Thielen told The Advertiser that one thing would be the signatures of other members of the group beside Kahau, who has signed the applications identifying herself as “head of state” for the Hawaiian Kingdom Government. “We’d want the leadership of the organization to sign on to the permit conditions and the understanding that if they violate them, we will not be issuing them further permits,” Thielen said. Thielen said there may be other considerations. Law enforcement officers from DLNR’s Conservation and Resources Enforcement Division, also known as DOCARE, have “had a presence” on the palace grounds since April 30, Thielen said, although she declined to give specific numbers. Prior to April 30, the DLNR relied on Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, which has a lease to operate the palace as a museum, to patrol the grounds with some assistance from state sheriffs at the neighboring state Capitol, Thielen said. DOCARE had been going to the palace “on an as-needed basis,” she said. Asked if her agency intends to bulk up security staffing at the palace on Monday morning, Thielen said: “Anytime we have a period of uncertainty, we’re prepared.”
‘not doing any harm’Longtime Hawaiian activist Kekuni Blaisdell, who identifies himself as a Hawaiian national, said he does not subscribe to the views of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government but nonetheless called it “outrageous” that DLNR would deny the group a permit. “They’re not doing any harm to anyone at all,” Blaisdell said. “They’re peaceful and nonviolent.” He added: “I believe that it is important for us kanaka maoli to continue to resist what is clearly to me the illegal occupation of our homeland by the United States and its subsidiaries such as the state of Hawai’i.” Kahau and others in her group have stated repeatedly that they are not protesters, but are occupying the grounds of the palace as the rightful government of Hawai’i. Members of other Hawaiian activist groups have said they support the Hawaiian Kingdom’s right to occupy the palace grounds even if they do not support their views.
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