Arrests at Iolani Palace in Hawaii

Proponents of Hawaii sovereignty recently broke into the palace of the last king and Queen of Hawaii. Kimo Akaka, aka Akahi Nui, who claims royal descent, wanted to chain himself to the throne. Except he couldn’t find it. Before he and others got arrested, that is. But then the authorities themselves did a bit of the old Keystone Cops routine themselves as they squabbled over who had jurisdiction.

The always level-headed Scott Crawford at Hawaiian Independence Blog says Akahi claims a spurious ancestry and that the attempt was a comedy of errors. “I mean come on, [the Palace is] open for tours, I’ve been in the throne room several times over the years.”

Most importantly, “I don’t recognize Akahi as the king but I support actions that help raise awareness of Hawaii’s illegal occupation.”