Quote of the Day (Updated)
[Guest post by DRJ]
“They’ve got a king, and the king wants to sit on the throne.”
Statement by Kippen de Alba Chu, executive director of the Friends of Iolani Palace, after he and other staff members were locked down in the palace and a nearby administration building during a takeover by “a group of Native Hawaiians claiming to be the state’s legitimate rulers.”
Hawaii’s Iolani Palace was also taken over in late April as discussed in this earlier post.
UPDATE 8/17/2008 – The King couldn’t find the throne:
“The leader of a Hawaiian pro-sovereignty group that broke into a historic palace once home to royalty said he planned to chain himself to the throne but couldn’t find it because he had never been in the palace before.
But palace officials said three locks, including those securing the throne room, were damaged. No artifacts were damaged or stolen, but the group broke into a barracks building and raised a flag on the flagpole, officials said.
Police arrested 23 people during the stunt, in which members of the Kingdom of Hawaii locked the gates to the Iolani Palace on Friday.
The leader, 67-year-old James Kimo Akahi of Haiku, claims he is the rightful king of the islands. He told reporters Saturday that he had never been in the palace before Friday and didn’t know where the throne was kept.”