DLNR orders activists to remove ‘kanaka garden,’ other property from Wailoa park

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Officer Lawrence Terlep Jr. of the Department of Land and National Resources serves a cease-and-desist notice to Gene Tamashiro and activists peacefully protesting in front of the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Tuesday. Tamashiro gave the officers his own information while DLNR spokesman Dan Dennison recorded the exchange.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources sent a small contingent of enforcement officers late this morning to Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo to deliver a cease-and-desist notice to a group of activists who planted a “kanaka garden” on the lawn fronting the statue of Kamehameha the Great.