CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
At Iolani Palace yesterday, Mahealani Asing, left, the head of state of the self-proclaimed Hawaiian Kingdom Government, had a meeting with supporters. At around 9:20 a.m., the group left the grounds.
Hawaiian officials return to palace
About 20 members of the self-proclaimed Hawaiian Kingdom Government returned to Iolani Palace yesterday, pitched a small tent and spent the day strolling the grounds.
The group applied for a permit to hold a group event on the grounds, and received one similar to one it had before, but with the added condition that it not post guards at the gates to the grounds. Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the group did not prevent access but did have members standing at the gates.
Friday, the state denied a second permit after the group violated the rules of the first permit, which is needed for all groups of more than 25 using the grounds.
At least 12 cars with license plates claiming to have been issued by the Hawaiian Kingdom were parked yesterday in public parking stalls with expired meters. The group started coming to the grounds April 30.