Native Hawaiian group occupies historic palace

A group calling itself the Hawaiian Kingdom Government took over the historic palace of the Hawaiian royal family on Wednesday.

The group says it will use the Iolani Palace in Honolulu as the seat of the traditional Hawaiian government. The building was closed to visitors as protesters vowed to continue their occupation.

The move came as attorney general Mark Bennett filed a petition of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision affecting Hawaiian lands. The state Supreme Court on January 31 blocked the sale of any portion of 1.4 million acres pending resolution of claims by Native Hawaiians.

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Protestors Take Over Iolani Palace (KGMB 4/30)
Native Hawaiians blockade historic palace (CNN 4/30)
State trying to regain control of lands (The Honolulu Advertiser 4/30)
A.G. to appeal ruling (The Maui News 4/30)