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Stadium Park homeless move back in after cleanup

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:04 p.m. HST, Nov 30, 2011

Some homeless campers moved back to the sidewalk next to Old Stadium Park, once city crews finished a cleanup this morning.

The city moved the campers out Tuesday night so that crews could clean the sidewalks and check the condition of the park, said city spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy.

A few campers took advantage of offers to go to the IHS shelter, while others spent the night on the sidewalk across the street, McCoy said.

Some began returning this afternoon. Others made camp on the sidewalk across the street in front of the old Long's Drug store location.

McCoy said the cleanup was planned weeks in advance and the Waikiki Health Center and IHS notified the campers that they would have to move from Old Stadium Park and Moiliili Park.

She said the cleanup is part of normal maintenance for the parks and partly a response to citizen complaints about access to the park and the sidewalk.

Crews from the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Facility Maintenence power washed the sidewalks and cleaned up in the parks.

Crews returned this morning to assess the condition of the park in the daylight and to check storm drains, McCoy said.

She said a bill that would ban camping and storing property on sidewalks is still making its way through the City Council.

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mrluke wrote:
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
on November 30,2011 | 12:53PM
Changalang wrote:
Gotta get those needles/stakes they put on building ledges to keep the pigeons off. That may be the only solution. In Nam they were called Punji sticks.
on November 30,2011 | 01:18PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Looks like Father Alexander's sweep did not work. He has yet to come clean on his lie to the public when he stated that they were "not sweeping the homeless". We can forgive you for your mistake, just own up to it.
on November 30,2011 | 01:59PM
aiea7 wrote:
what ever the reason for the sweeps is irrelevant. The homeless do not belong there.
on November 30,2011 | 02:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
Not only that, they are on the Isenberg St. side of Moiliili Field. It's so bad you can't use the sidewalk. I almost got into a fight yesterday the 29th w/ a homeless guy on Isenberg at the First Hawaiian Bank. Mentally ill; he comes up to me and starts spitting at me. After the 2nd time he spit at me, I went after him. He ran across the street down Isenberg to Young St. He then goes into a persons property and takes slippers from their front door. The he goes after a girl who was walking. She is minding her own business like I was and he starts spitting at her. I wanted to punch this guys' lights out !!!!!
on November 30,2011 | 02:34PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Be careful, his rights are protected more than yours, thank you ACLU!
on November 30,2011 | 03:07PM
liveinhawaii wrote:
Why do they let this continue???? You can't even park your car by one of the meters!!!!! They leave all of their mess there, not to mention the feces and urine, expect the city to clean it up so they can just move right back in. Some of the homeless are so quick to blame others and they are not willing to help themselves!!!!
on November 30,2011 | 03:33PM
Anonymous wrote:
They can not homestead in our parks, beaches, and streets but the facilitation we now have for the homeless lets too many fall through the cracks with no where else to go...
on November 30,2011 | 04:22PM
null wrote:
The result of too much government.
on November 30,2011 | 04:48PM
Poidogs wrote:
Because we have crap as leaders. Start with the Governor and work you way down. Promises, promises, promises.................
on November 30,2011 | 05:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Crews is a favorite word. Also, "Police said".
on November 30,2011 | 05:17PM
Bdpapa wrote:
the proper authorities need to get down there and remove them immediately before expensive cleanup is necessary. Have some balls!
on November 30,2011 | 07:52PM
tiki886 wrote:
Stop feeding da "pigeons!" They are obese and don't need anymore food.
on December 1,2011 | 07:34AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Give them a one ticket back to the Mainland?
on December 2,2011 | 11:54AM
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