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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:56 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Group opposed to Akaka bill leaves Iolani Palace

Advertiser Staff

About 10 protesters affiliated with the anti-Akaka bill organization Hui Pu occupied the second-floor balcony of Iolani Palace, the former seat of government for the Hawaiian monarchy, for more than two hours this morning.

Backed by roughly two dozen supporters on the ground, the group said its goal was the voice its opposition to the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, the subject of a cloture debate on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C.

"Mission accomplished," proclaimed Moanikeala Akaka, as the the group left the building peacefully, even receiving permission to exit through the front door and gather on the steps for prayer.

Earlier, Andre Perez, a Hui Pu member, said "Linda Lingle does not speak for Hawaiians. OHA does not speak for Hawaiians. Dan Inouye does not speak for Hawaiians. Senator Akaka does not speak for Hawaiians. We speak for ourselves."

The palace remained open.