Monday, August 18, 2008

A Shoeless Coup Attempt

James Kimo Akahi claims descent from King Kamehameha I and calls himself "Majesty Akahi Nui, King of Hawaii." He and some of his followers broke into Honolulu's Iolani Palace on Friday. They planned to chain him to the throne.

But, Akahi said yesterday, the group couldn't find the throne room after breaking into the historic building.

Akahi, 67, of Haiku, Maui, said he had never been inside the palace until Friday -- Statehood Day -- when he and 22 others in a Hawaiian sovereignty group were arrested by state officers.

He said all members of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Nation, as they call themselves, removed their shoes and slipped on socks before entering the palace.

"We respect that place," he said yesterday in front of the palace. [Link]

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