Governor David Ige withdrew his emergency proclamation regarding TMT construction on Mauna Kea.
 
The state also extended the construction permit for two more years.
 
Crowd numbers on Mauna Kea continue to wax and wane but the watchfulness of the kia'i or protectors of the mountain has not wavered.
 
"We are asking everyone to remain vigilant because we know that anything could happen at anytime," Kahookahi Kanuha, TMT opponent said.
 
Now, they are watching for signs of hurricanes Erick and Flossie barring down on their camp.
 
"If necessary we are willing and ready to evacuate this area to ensure the safety of all the people here at Puuhonua O Puu Hulululu," Kanuha said.
 
Concerns over the approaching storms cleared briefly Tuesday when news that Governor David Ige dropped his emergency proclamation because of pending bad weather.
 
"We see impacts or anticipate impacts from the storm beginning Thursday and Friday and certainly through this weekend," Governor Ige said.
 
When the emergency proclamation was first issued less than two weeks ago it received a lot of push back from TMT opponents and other parties.
 
On Tuesday the kia'i released a statement saying the governor underestimated their strength, unity and broad public support.
 
Governor Ige also said there are no immediate plans to move heavy equipment up on Mauna Kea.
 
His announcement was followed by the news that a request from TMT through the University of Hawaii at Hilo to extend construction was approved by Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources.
 
"We have reviewed the request and we believe they have made good faith efforts to move forward," DNLR Chairperson Suzanne Case.
 
That means the conservation district use permit is now good through September 2021.
 
A TMT spokesperson says the two year extension was requested "out of an abundance of caution because the project has been challenged on so many things"
 
Referring not just to the human road block but also a years long appeals process and time needed to get various permits.
 
Removing the emergency proclamation does not mean Governor Ige will not issue another one for Mauna Kea.
 
He said he would consider another proclamation if the situation warrants one.