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City crews return to Occupy Honolulu protest site

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 08:59 a.m. HST, Feb 29, 2012


In a continuing effort to keep sidewalks and parks clear of personal items, city workers returned to Thomas Square, Chinatown and the Moiliili-MCully and parts of Waikiki today.

Wes Chun, director of the city Department of Facilities Management, said crews began at 7 this morning at South Beretania Street fronting Thomas Square, removing tents, bicycles, furniture and other items left on the sidewalk by Occupy Honolulu protestors.

One protestor complained some of the tents were removed illegally, maintaining at least one had been retrieved only last night from the city's Halawa base yard Tuesday night. All of the items impounded today under city's new personal storage property law will be held at Halawa for 30 days before being destroyed. The city law, which took effect in December, forbids storage of personal items on city property.

No one was arrested during today's clean-up at Thomas Square, which was monitored by police.

Occupy Honolulu protestors have camped on the sidewalks of South Beretania Street in front of Thomas Square since November.

City officials told the protesters that they could continue to hold signs and pass out literature, but any tents or other items left on the sidewalks would be confiscated.

Besides Thomas Square, Chun said city  workers planned to clean up city property near Moiliili Field, Pawaa Park, Old Stadium Park, Aala Park, Iwilei and Kalakakua Avenue near the old Hard Rock Cafe.

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rayhawaii wrote:
Just an excuse for a place for homeless people to live. They looked more homeless than the homeless.
on February 29,2012 | 08:06AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on February 29,2012 | 08:09AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Nice name. Or so says Anduril....
on February 29,2012 | 09:57AM
false wrote:
Time to take prisoners. Start arresting them and have them do the time. No community service, jail time.
on February 29,2012 | 08:17AM
Living_Large wrote:
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on February 29,2012 | 08:24AM
false wrote:
Some little old ladies with umbrellas could do the job. These people are weak.
on February 29,2012 | 08:51AM
hilopango wrote:
Haha...so true!
on February 29,2012 | 12:05PM
BRock wrote:
Your solution says more about what is wrong with you than what is wrong with the protesters.
on February 29,2012 | 11:02AM
kennie1933 wrote:
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on February 29,2012 | 08:54AM
false wrote:
Been ther like you. Keep it going, it will be a reality!
on February 29,2012 | 08:59AM
Poidogs wrote:
Great news City Workers! Love it, love it, love it. Get rid of these protestors from my back yard! Thanks.
on February 29,2012 | 09:07AM
9ronboz wrote:
I am a member of golf's lower 99%. I am an indifferent golfer, and there's no way I could ever make it to the professional level. I will never put in the practice time to be the best. I will never have the shots, skills, or mental toughness to make it in the sport. I just never felt like working all that hard at it. However, I am a part of the golfing community, and as such, feel I should be paid by the top 1% of golfers for what I do. It isn't fair that those players who have worked harder, have studied the game, have better equipment and are more skilled and dedicated should make all that BIG money. Where's my share? I'm a Victim! The top 1% should pay for my club memberships and green fees and lessons, buy me new clubs, balls, clothes and shoes, and pay me some of their winnings. They can afford it. They are "The Rich". The whole system should be changed to accommodate people like me. I think we should get together and occupy a golf course and demand that those who are better at what they do, pay for us who generally suck. Whining should get us something - maybe we'll make the cover of Time Magazine, garnish some public sympathy. Hey, during this election year we may even get a law or two passed by the legislators who want our votes.
on February 29,2012 | 09:14AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Nice bruddah.
on February 29,2012 | 09:58AM
false wrote:
Nah, the law makers will only raise the green fees. But Iʻm with you.
on February 29,2012 | 10:18AM
waverider808 wrote:
big thumbs up!!! lol....
on February 29,2012 | 10:25AM
walaau808 wrote:
on February 29,2012 | 11:51AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Here we go again. Yesterday these guys had a truck parked on the sidewalk forcing pedestrians to walk on Ward during rush hour. Cops drove by and did nothing!
on February 29,2012 | 09:14AM
butinski wrote:
Come on Peter Carlisle, do something besides talking big and going on trips. Things like this insures that you'll be a short lived mayor. Frank Fasi or Ben Cayetano wouldn't have stood for this nonsense. I can see Frank now, driving a bulldozer himself, to clear the area of human trash.
on February 29,2012 | 09:27AM
Bigdog_MD wrote:
If any of you Occupy "protesters" are reading these editorials, WE are the 99% and WE think that YOU ALL SUCK. Making people walk in the dirt while you impostors stage your little make believe protest. Don't you dare say that you represent us, the REAL 99%ers. You represent the 1%, the BOTTOM 1%.
on February 29,2012 | 10:02AM
false wrote:
Great comment. Hope they are reading this. They got nothing else to do!
on February 29,2012 | 10:20AM
hilopango wrote:
Agree! The bottom feeders...all they can do is complain, complain, complain. America was not built on complainers. We all work hard, pay our taxes, complain a little, but we live and survive. If we wanted REAL change, that's where our votes count. Voting is where the real protest can occur.
on February 29,2012 | 12:11PM
gamouche wrote:
I'll be back in a couple days to set my tent up again. If it were not for people like us, city workers would not have a job or would be hiding somewhere taking a nap or a 3 hour lunch break.
on February 29,2012 | 01:25PM
SandBar wrote:
huh?!?! I thought you were fighting against the upper 1%. Now you're telling us you're now against city workers?!?! I don't think they're part of the 1%.
on February 29,2012 | 01:51PM
islandsun wrote:
Why dont you occupy a corrupt establishment instead of a park? We have plenty.
on February 29,2012 | 03:36PM
Oahuan wrote:
on February 29,2012 | 01:49PM
NotNasti wrote:
Stop fixating on the homeless at Thomas Square (Occupy Honolulu). No one lives near them. Get rid of the guys have been chased from Stadium Park into neighborhoods. They all moved into Paki Park, taking over the neighborhood center, park and sidewalk. Hundreds of calls to the city hotline, and no response.
on February 29,2012 | 01:55PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So I drove by this morning and observed a large number of overpaid civil servants and cops standing around doing nothing. I figured that they were on their first break or something like that. Sure enough I just drove home and observed that they did indeed do NOTHING. Tents and junk are still up on the sidewalk. Can someone please explain as to who is being untruthful to the public? This law seems to be a huge waste of taxpayer dollars since it is not enforced. Maybe Gabbard, Berg or the Mayor can chime in as to why their law is not being enforced and why they are responsible for this waste in tax payer dollars.
on February 29,2012 | 04:06PM
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