In dramatic scenes tourists have been turned away from the Iolani Royal Palace in Honolulu after "a brief occupation" by monarchists who also "officially reinstalled" the islands' King back on the throne. The takeover began last Friday and lasted around two hours before State Police entered to bring it all to an end. A group identifying its leader as King Akahi Nui claimed responsibility for the Palace's occupation. They also distributed "an occupation public information bulletin" which read: "His Majesty Akahi Nui, The King of Hawaii, has now reoccupied the throne of Hawaii. The Kingdom of Hawaii is now re-enacted." The group reiterated the fact King Nui was officially "crowned" King in 1998 and this could not be denied. In chaotic scenes, when the protest began, Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director of The Friends of The Iolani Palace, announced: "They have got a King and the King wants to sit on His throne."
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