Hawaii sets aside money to promote Iolani Palace

Visitors' safety concerns about Iolani Palace in Honolulu following an occupation of the grounds by Native Hawaiian activists has prompted the state to spend $100,000 on a marketing and public relations campaign through July 2009.

Palace officials said they are still are receiving calls asking if Iolani Palace is safe to visit.

Several dozen members of a group calling itself the Hawaiian Kingdom Government entered the gates of the palace grounds on April 30 and have peacefully occupied the grounds ever since. According to an Associated Press report, every week the group obtains a public-assembly permit that allows it to occupy the grounds of the palace.

The Hawaiian Kingdom Government is devoted to restoring the Hawaiian monarchy overthrown in 1893. For the most part, the state has taken a hands-off approach to the group.

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