HONOLULU (KHON2) — The State of Hawaii removed a structure that was unlawfully constructed on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property.

Law enforcement surrounded the structure Friday morning.

The structure was built close to Puu Huluhulu as part of the anti-TMT protests.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation crews were tasked with removing the unpermitted structure at the request of DHHL with the support of Public Safety Department Sheriff’s Deputies and Hawaii County Police Officers.

“Given the health, safety, and environmental concerns, the Department prioritized the prompt removal of the structure,” said Hawaiian Homes Commission Chair William J. Aila, Jr.  “With the assistance of DOT personnel, we were able to accomplish this task quickly and efficiently. DHHL will be reimbursing our partners for this work.”

“Law enforcement has deliberately refrained from escalating its approach to the current protest because it was important to provide some meaningful space and time for all of us to find a peaceful resolution to this situation,” said Governor David Ige.  “However, this type of permanent structure erected without DHHL permission, and without being regulated or inspected in any way, cannot be allowed.  The safety risk is too great.”

DHHL posted a Notice to Vacate on Sept. 4, 2019, both on the property and to the individual who organized the erection of the structure.