However, after a representative said the church couldn't afford the removal, the state proceeded with emergency rock fall mitigation.
"Anytime we do something like this it is on the case by case basis and of course public health and safety is the most important criteria," said Aila.
The state land chair William Aila said nearly everyone asked to evacuate did so voluntarily.
By 1:30 in the afternoon, Aila gave the all clear to the relief of residents.
In total, the crew removed two large boulders and several smaller rocks from the hillside.
The state is still totaling up the cost but says the budget was $150,000.