Posted at 9:48 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2006
Med school's doors unchained after protest
Advertiser StaffThe doors to the University of Hawaii-Manoa's School of Medicine were unchained at 9:30 a.m. today so the school's Board of Regents could start their meeting.
Three entry ways to the school had been chained at 8:45 a.m. by a group of about 40 Native Hawaiians who were protesting taro patents by UH-Manoa researchers. The protesters were led by Walter Ritte of Molokai.
The protest caused a half-hour delay to the board's meeting.
No police were called to the site.
Board of Regents chairwoman Kitty Lagareta was the first to enter the building.