Activists clear tents at Wailoa, leave garden

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The kanaka garden remains in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Activists wait for the Department of Land and Natural Resources to take the plants from their garden in Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Donna Grabow smiles while holding a painting she made of the kanaka garden in Wailoa River State Recreation Area on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Sarafi Mawae throws a ball to a dog while holding hands with Satya Lee in the kanaka garden at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Gene Tamashiro holds the Kanaka Maoli flag while listening to activists speak about kanaka garden in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald White Dove looks for the Department of Land and Natural Resources while burning sage in the kanaka garden in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Gene Tamashiro speaks to friends and fellow activists while waiting for the Department of Land and Natural Resources to take the plants from their garden in Wailoa River State Park in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

Activists occupying a portion of Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo were expecting state Department of Land and Natural Resource enforcement officers at 5 p.m. Wednesday, but by Tribune-Herald press time, some three dozen people were still waiting.