Time is running out to save the historic Naval Air Museum at Barbers Point after the state sent an eviction notice last September.
There's now pad locks and chains outside the museum's door at Kalaeloa Airport, restricting access for museum staff to clear their belongings.

"You can contact the Department of Transportation to make arrangements to get in under their watchful eye to take stuff out," Brad Hayes, Naval Air Museum at Barbers Point co-founder, said.

Eviction letters are also posted around the property.

"There's things we can't do... Maintenance, we can't do all of that," Hayes said.

The State Department of Transportation Airports Division said the reasons for eviction are because the facility lacks insurance and failed to address environmental issues like oil leaks and spills. The non-profit previously admitted there were stains under some vehicles but it's been cleaned up.

"The state has been working with the museum for the past 20 years and over that time, there's various requests of the museum and including having them work with the rules and regulation of the actual permit, which the museum has not done," Tim Sakahara, State Department of Transportation spokesperson, said.

Museum staff say a lawsuit on unlawful eviction is one way to stop the eviction process and preserve a piece of history that's been around since 1999.

"You will now be erasing, if the state wins, all this us military history from World War Two and prior will be gone. It will be pictures if you're good enough to find them on the internet, you can find them," Hayes said.

"The state is very confident on our side and we'll vigorously defend that case in court and we're confident the court will rule in our favor if it comes to that," Sakahara said.

Part of the museum includes 16 large military aircraft. Hayes said the aircraft belong to different people and agencies including the Navy, the Marine Core and the Army.

The state says it'll continue to look for the owners. Meantime, equipment on site will be towed to a different area so the government can start looking for a new owner for the vacant space. The museum has until January 20 to clear out.