19 officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), with support from four Hawaii Police Department officers and a ranger with the Office of Mauna Kea Management, conducted a third law enforcement operation in the restricted area covered by the 120 day emergency rule, passed in June by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.
DOCARE officers disassembed, loaded and took as evidence, a large tent across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center. A written warning notice was posted to it last Wednesday. Officers confiscated it after the owner of the tent failed to take it down. A hale adjacent to the tent was not removed.
No one was arrested during this third sweep. Officers did not spot anyone camping in the restricted area.
The emergency rule prohibits camping in the restricted area between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.