UPDATE: 12 Trespassers Storm OHA Honolulu OfficeJanuary 17, 2019, 4:18 PM HST (Updated January 18, 2019, 9:27 PM)
UPDATE, 1.18.19, 10:38 a.m.
A separatist group named the Kingdom of Atooi stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, causing a lockdown and police intervention.
According to news sources, the Kingdom of Atooi said they were there to arrest trustees and seize assets.
The lockdown that lasted several hours.
Dozens of police officers from the Honolulu Police Department arrived on the scene.
Two office employees were allegedly assaulted, although no injuries were reported. At the conclusion of the lockdown, four members of the group were arrested.
ORIGINAL POST, 1.17.19, 4:18 p.m.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has released the following statement regarding an incident:
“At 11:40 a.m. today, 12 individuals used force to gain control of the lobby of OHA’s Honolulu office at the Nā Lama Kukui building on 560 N. Nimitz Highway. They forcibly removed OHA staff from the lobby, occupied the lobby and refused to let OHA staff enter, disrupting OHA business. They assaulted two OHA staff and harassed others. As a result, the Honolulu Police Department was called.
Ultimately, four individuals were arrested; all were cited for trespass.
Mahalo to Honolulu Police Department for their kōkua today. OHA’s primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our staff, beneficiaries and building tenants.”