HONOLULU - State attorney General Doug Chin was encouraged that the compromise decision does not block those with direct ties to the US from traveling from those six mostly Muslim countries.

The lower courts had blocked Trump from instituting a total ban, but the High Court was split.

“I think it was interesting that six of them made the decision that it did, because the other decision they could have made is they could have allowed the travel ban to go forward," said Chin.

The ban would not apply to university students, faculty and others who had reason to be in the US.

Chin said the head of Hawaii's Muslim association whose mother-in-law was blocked from visiting her grandchildren is grateful for the decision but at the same time says Chin Imam Ismail Elshikh is cautious.

"He is still realistic to think about the obstacles in the way. The bottom line is his mother-in- law still isn't here, which is unfortunate," said Chin.

Honolulu 's mayor, who is attending a conference in Miami took it as a mixed message.

"Although this reinstatement allows people who have ties family ties to come to the country, I think that’s a positive turn of events, but overall it sends a message to the people. We stand here in Florida, a place that’s full of people from all over and particularly from Latin America, and to say that somehow you may not be welcome. I don't think that’s a message we want to send to the rest of the world," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Neither the lower courts, or the Supreme Court ruling address Hawaii's argument that the ban affects our tourist driven economy, Chin said be believes that in the short term the decision still has a chilling effect that lingers.

"The problem with having these temporary bans is that it makes people who are even aren't from these countries wonder if it's going to be okay to come in from the United States," said Chin.

Like a game of red light, green light, this decision is now a cautious yellow, but it's anything but child’s play.

"We absolutely believe in the president's power to uphold national security, but he needs to do so in a way that does not discriminate because of their country of origin or because of their religion," Chin said.

The Supreme Court allows for a 72-hour window before the ban goes into effect. Chin says to expect to see guidelines handed down before Friday.