State: ‘Kanaka garden’ at Wailoa park must be removed by 5 p.m. today

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Officer Lawrence Terlep Jr. with the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources serves a cease-and-desist notice to Gene Tamashiro and activists peacefully protesting in front of the King Kamehameha statue Tuesday in Hilo. DLNR spokesperson Dan Dennison recorded the exchange.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Activists react after receiving a cease-and-desist notice from the Department of Land and National Resources in Wailoa State Recreation Area in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The number of plants in the “kanaka garden” at the Wailoa park has expanded each day on the lawn fronting the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Gene Tamashiro reacts as Officer Lawrence Terlep Jr. of the Department of Land and National Resources explains the cease-and-desist notice to activists peacefully protesting in front of the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Tuesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The number of plants in the “kanaka garden” at the Wailoa park has expanded each day on the lawn fronting the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald An activist reads the cease-and-desist notice from the Suzanne Case, chairwoman of the Department of Land and National Resources in front of the King Kamehameha Statue in Hilo on Tuesday.

  • TAMASHIRO

The state set a 5 p.m. deadline today for activists who have taken over a portion of Wailoa River Recreation Area in Hilo and planted a “kanaka garden” — as was done in 2012 and 2013 — to remove the plantings and other items or have them hauled away by Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officers.