MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - After 176 days, the round the clock Thirty Meter Telescope protest has ended atop Mauna Kea.
After a pule, activists began removing all of their belongings inside a large tent, which has served as a home base for their 24/7 vigil that began in April.
On Tuesday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources had served TMT protesters notice that the tent had been declared an illegal structure, under new emergency rules.
After holding talks with the state, the DLNR confirmed that protesters will be notified ahead of time before construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope resumes.
For this reason, protesters felt comfortable leaving the mountain on Thursday.
"Whatever way that this next phase leads will guide us to do then we will do that. We are not going anywhere. We're here for the long haul," explained Pua Case.
The activists left without tearing down the tent, and it will be up to the state to determine when or if it will be removed.
The DLNR says it does not have plans to take down the Native Hawaiian hale and a small ahu that stands next to the tent.