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Homeless camps being dismantled from Iwilei sidewalks


LAST UPDATED: 01:02 p.m. HST, Jan 19, 2012

The city continued its efforts today to rid sidewalks of homeless encampments with the operations centered around the Iwilei area where 38 notices were issued on Wednesday.

City facility maintenance workers spent the morning identifying, tagging and removing tents, suit cases and other items belonging to the homeless who had been warned on Wednesday that their possessions had to be removed by today or they would be taken to the Halawa base yard and stored for 30 days. If they are not claimed, the items will be sold or disposed of.

The cleanup came under a month-old city ordinance that prohibits the use of city sidewalks as a storage area for personal items.

City workers were at Kuwili street and Iwilei Road where all of the confiscated items were inventoried, matching photographs taken the previous day, put in gray garbage bags and then placed in green garbage bins, which were taken the base yard.

Workers also returned to the Moiliili area where seven citations were issued Wednesday to the homeless still camping near Moiliili Field and three near the Old Stadium Park.

During the Jan. 10 operation there were no arrests. City officials cited 25 people at Pawaa In-Ha Park -- at King and Kaheka streets -- and a total of 19 at Moiliili Field and Old Stadium Park last week.

The new ordinance, signed by Mayor Peter Carlisle on Dec. 9, prohibits keeping personal items, including furniture and clothing, in public areas.

The first use of the "stored property" ordinance took place on Dec. 30, when the city notified several property owners in Mililani that basketball hoop structures placed on public sidewalks were in violation of the ordinance. All owners promptly removed the structures, the city said.


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livinginhawaii wrote:
Can the hollow tile bricks be removed from the Thomas Square campers?
on January 19,2012 | 10:58AM
Rocket wrote:
Give them a place to go so we don't just keep pushing them from place to place. A Safe Zone..let them do whatever in there. NO kids permitted in the zone though. Bring services to them. They can leave the safe zone, leave their stuff in there and wander around if they like.
on January 19,2012 | 11:09AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Pretty good idea, once the Californians have gone back to their safe zone on the mainland and we come up with a way to encourage them to stay there. Otherwise, our Honolulu safe zone becomes a magnet for out of state people who'd like to do nothing while enjoying our fine climate.
on January 19,2012 | 11:29AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
We received a portion of our homeless from the State of Oregon. Only the State of Florida has had the guts to initiate a lawsuit against Oregon for busing and flying their homeless elsewhere...
on January 19,2012 | 12:21PM
pamelamb wrote:
for real? where's the article about Oregon, i'd like to read it.
on January 19,2012 | 04:50PM
9ronboz wrote:
why not take one home and care for one possibly tow with your money?
on January 19,2012 | 12:04PM
richw66 wrote:
it's about time....glad to see this....hope the city keeps the pressure on getting the streets clean again. Make it hard to be homeless and they will go away.
on January 19,2012 | 11:19AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
The perfect solution for this whole homeless mess is to place these people in a safe secure enviroment. Lets first transform the dog parks and place facilities and a guard making it a safe enviroment so the social service and other people can help these people get on their feet. Sure their will be some people that will refuse help but at least we can try and attempt to get the others some help and get them back into society. After the dog parks are filled then move them to the ample large church grounds around Honolulu - its always amazed me that the Church's are not in the front of the line to help these people to camp on their massive properties and provide outreach to the people in need once their but then again like Gandhi said "You Christians are so unlike your Christ"!
on January 19,2012 | 11:48AM
57nawahine wrote:
They have a place to go- remember they chose not to because they aren't allowed to do drugs and drink booze in places that are offered to them. Instead they live off of hard working people's tax dollars and deficate, urinate and bathe where ever they feel like. Alot of them are just disgusting, filthy and CRAZY!
on January 19,2012 | 11:50AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
sorry you ae wrong - their is really no place to go and the places that are accepting are two months out. How do you expect these people to fit back into society without giving them some type of helping hand - like I said earlier their are some who will not accept help and that will always be part of the equation...Its a shame that the mental insitutions were defunded under Reagan otherwise you could get the truly mentally disturbed off the streets and some help!
on January 19,2012 | 12:00PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Just curious - Abercrombie said the other week that there is still more than enough room at the shelters. Is is really two months out? If so, why would he lie to the public?
on January 19,2012 | 12:24PM
Graham wrote:
Laws were passed that you could not force people into institutions, unless you proved they were dangerous.
on January 19,2012 | 01:44PM
localguy wrote:
Wrong, they could go to the shelters. Oh, that's right, they can't bring their drugs and alcohol, trash and other items inside. Have to live clean, respect others, act like human beings. What was I thinking? Truth is only those with mental problems will be hard to help out, they do not want it. Those who are just homeless, could accept all the assistance being offered but for some reason, some choose not to. Abercrombie is incorrect in thinking he has the answer, he does not. No country or city has ever completely eliminated the homeless problem. And no, where some countries simply make them disappear or put them in prison doesn't count. China, North Korea, and a few other select countries. We can only work the problem as best we can, giving more rights and respect to tax payers when the homeless willfully infringe on their rights.
on January 19,2012 | 04:01PM
pamelamb wrote:
many of the people CHOOSE not to go to a shelter...living by the rules offends them plus no drugs, alcohol or prostitution are allowed.
on January 19,2012 | 04:52PM
localguy wrote:
Too bad they be forced to live like decent human beings. Exactly why those who choose to live with drugs, alcohol and prostitution, refusing any kind of treatment or other assistance deserve to live their life on their own, no public assistance at all, no special piece of land for them to live. They don't like it either stay part of the problem or become part of the solution. It's what they do.
on January 19,2012 | 06:14PM
th2855 wrote:
I also was wondering about the Occupy screwballs at Thomas Square. Why are they left alone? Because the ground is not considered a sidewalk? C'MON MAN! you've got to be kidding me! Really........
on January 19,2012 | 12:05PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Just curious but are there stats noting the percentage of homeless who are out of staters?
on January 19,2012 | 12:14PM
sloturle wrote:
now they gotta walk mo far fo eat at IHS
on January 19,2012 | 01:18PM
Pocho wrote:
these homeless people either are mentally challenged or those who aren't don't want to move into the homeless shelter for one reason or another. It makes no sense in creating a safety zone where they can stay as they'll just start roaming again when things settle down, plus we already got homeless shelters if they want the help.
on January 19,2012 | 01:35PM
false wrote:
Did they mess a location? Thomas Square!
on January 19,2012 | 04:35PM
mynah wrote:
When I was a keiki long long ago, my mom used to call these people "bums" and "hobos". We now call these people "homeless". I prefer calling them "bums" and "hobos" instead of"homeless". Somehow the word "Homeless" seem to shift the blame for the way they live to the society at large. Nope. They are hobos and bums. I am glad that someone in City government is taking the rod in hand and moving them out! Whoever that person is, let us know, so we can make sure that person remains in office.
on January 19,2012 | 04:45PM
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