Hawaii Gov. David Ige, left, speaks to reporters in Honolulu on Thursday about police standing down from Maunakea where protesters are blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, as state Attorney General Clare Connors, middle, and state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case, right, look on. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher).
After more than five months of waiting, the impasse at Maunakea Access Road has seemingly broken, with Gov. David Ige on Thursday reopening the road and withdrawing law enforcement from the mountain.