On April 30, 2008, 35 unarmed members of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government blocked the five perimeter gates. The HDPS and The HPD arrived outside the palace walls. The activists allowed the 12 palace employees caught in the takeover to move freely and leave under the condition they could not take their vehicles, parked on the palace grounds. Taking prisoners was not the activists’ objective nor did they want to cause a hostage crisis. Police chief Boisse Correa met with activist leaders and officials let the protest burn itself out.
The six to ten palace employees under the command of Kippen de Alba Chu locked down the buildings and locked themselves inside the administrative building. Facilities manager Noelani Ah Yuen attempted to stop the intruders from locking the east gate and was injured; she withdrew into the administrative building. The group flew their flag and entered Iolani Barracks and Palace.
During the takeover, a city police officer refused to stop the coup but responded that he could not intervene because of jurisdiction, as the palace grounds are state property and hence under the jurisdiction of the state police, the HDPS. Police chief Boisse Correa rejected claims his men committed wrongdoing.