Group of Hawaiians occupies Iolani Pa...

Group of Hawaiians occupies Iolani Palace

There are 654 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 1, 2008, titled Group of Hawaiians occupies Iolani Palace. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

DENNIS ODA / [email protected] Richard Kinney held an upside-down Hawaii state flag, a sign of distress, in support of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government, a group that blocked off Iolani Palace yesterday.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 May 1, 2008
Imua makou.
Leimaile Kakalia

Danube, MN

#2 May 1, 2008
I am a native Hawaiian, born in the national of Hawaii; and I believe in their wish for the old Hawaiian Way of Soverign Rule. But it will not happen. The USA will never give up the bases, the land or the power they have. Good luck trying. They are waiting for all the ones that remember Hawaii the nation, to die off. Blessings to those who try by peaceful means, but its gonna take alot of money. I hope this group has it.

Honolulu, HI

#3 May 1, 2008
These are the type of clowns that give us Hawaiians a bad name. My advice to these pretenders, get a real job!

South Hadley, MA

#4 May 1, 2008
I think it's a great thing what's going on. More should be done to give proper reparations to the native Hawaiian people. It's just not right to turn a blind eye and the only Hawaiians who give us a bad name are the ones who enforce are stereotypes of being a passive welcoming culture that cares nothing about its oppression.
Peaceful Protest

Hilo, HI

#5 May 1, 2008
As long as it is a peaceful protest it is suitable in the main.
Leonard Rosen

San Diego, CA

#6 May 1, 2008
I support the movement of the Hawaiian people. The United States took their land the same way they took it from the American Indians.
cathy dockx Vancouver BC

Surrey, Canada

#7 May 1, 2008
I think that what they are doing is great, at least they are speaking up for their believes. Maybe we should all take a lesson and start to stand or speak up for our own believes. We have become to passive in the West and let things happen to us.

Honolulu, HI

#8 May 1, 2008
These charlatans have a website at
some background information about the group can be found at

San Francisco, CA

#9 May 1, 2008
This action is seditious. It should be prosecuted as such. This is not a joke. An attempt to overthrow US sovereignty in American territory IS a crime.

Spanaway, WA

#10 May 1, 2008
It's all too late for the people of hawaii to try to get their land back. They lost the land when the white men stepped foot on the island. How the womens were attracted by their blue eyes and blond hair. Same thing happened to the indians, but at least the indians got a whole bunch of land,compared to a little island like ours. Also the indians have their own laws which supercedes the american laws. But this was done way way back in the days, not like how we ere trying now, in modern america. Our ancestors should have being fihting for our land, not us. GOOD LUCK TO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING. MALAMA PONO.
Paul from Wisconsin

De Forest, WI

#11 May 1, 2008
The native people have been assimilated into a culture, and that culture has evolved into our modern technological society. I think the efforts to return some power to the people might be good for the whole society. Perhaps this group would be a good addition to the current government if they can prove it by their good works.


Since: Sep 07

Davis, CA now King City, CA

#12 May 1, 2008
So I see the Hawaiian verison of Critical Mass is alive and well.

Haiku, HI

#13 May 1, 2008
I mua e na pua o Hawai?i!! E huli kakou i ka noho hewa i keia mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono...aole hiki ke pono a hiki i ka hu ae ana o na poe Hawaii, no laila Ku haaheo e na mamo lehua o Hawaii, Ku ha?o, maopopo no kakou ka oiaio, eia no ka Lahui Hawaii, e lawe mai no kakou i ko kakou aupuni, i ko kakou aina, holo mua a mai nana ma hope.....malama pono e na pua o Hawaii!

Since: Apr 08

Portland, OR

#14 May 1, 2008
I may not be of Hawaiian descent, but I was born and raised in Hawaii, as were my parents and grandparents. I respect what these people are trying to do, but the reality is that it just wont happen. The US government isn't simply going to relinquish any power of its lands. If that were the case, the Native American Indians would all have their tribes / territories, but they don't.

The Hawaiians and Native American Indians both have that common bond... they both had their lands stripped of them; which of course, is sad. But think of it this way... if the US didn't come along, some other country most-certainly would have. It's just the nature of mankind's power (greed?) of expansion.
Incompetent leaders

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 May 1, 2008
Kalani English, you swore an oath to uphold the state constitution -- shame on you for supporting people who disrupted state government services. You can not be two things at once, sir.

Sarasota, FL

#17 May 1, 2008
The overthrow of the Kingdom in 1893 was one of the blackest moments in American History. But it was over a century ago. I cannot help suspect the motives of today's real Hawaiian nationalists. I would remind them the old adage, " A fool will lose tommorrow reaching back for yesterday ".

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#18 May 1, 2008
Give them some land, but take away their American cars, American computers, American food, and American lifestyle.
Then lets see how they really like it.

Honolulu, HI

#19 May 1, 2008
What I don't get is that they have a Merry Christmas video message on their website -- I don't think the native Hawaiians really cared about Christmas -- it is a anglo holiday. Why pray to a anglo god? Don't they understand that once you are praying to an anglo god you have been controlled.

Good luck.

Kamuela, HI

#21 May 1, 2008
"Kahau disputed Chu's comments, saying the kingdom used the palace for legislative purposes after the 19th-century American overthrow."

This sentence makes no sense. How could the kingdom use the palace after the overthrow?

Ewa Beach, HI

#22 May 1, 2008
I think what is happening is a Good Thing!!They will need more support then they need money. The Hawaiians should stand together as one and support the purpose!!

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