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State and city officials sweeping Kakaako homeless camp sites

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:16 p.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

State and city officials are teaming up this morning in Kakaako in their continuing efforts to clear Oahu parks and sidewalks used by homeless as overnight camp sites.

Jesse Broder Van Dyke, city spokesman, said the joint effort is needed because in Kakaako the sidewalks fall under city jurisdiction while the parks and the parking lots belong to the state.

Also on hand, officials from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which owns land in the Kakaako where homeless campers moved to when city refuse crews began picking up their items on Ilao and Ahui streets. As in past operations, private and government homeless service providers are present to offer their services.

Officials are using two city ordinances in their attempts to keep the homeless out of parks and out of island parks.

Besides Kakaako, crews plan to return to the Ala Wai promenade later today where nearly a ton of refuse left behind by homeless campers was hauled to a landfill dump on July 1.

Left untouched by the city's actions thus far were the (de)Occupy Hono­lulu protesters who have been camping on the sidewalks at Thomas Square since November 2011 and who have been the target of various sweeps.

In April, the City Council adopted Bill 7, which allows city workers to remove any item deemed a sidewalk nuisance. It allows for people to retrieve any items seized if they pay a $200 fee.

The city began enforcing the new law July 1 with raids on Ala Wai promenade, Moiliili Baseball Park, Aala Park, River Street and Pawaa Inha Park.

The new city law follows a 2011 ordinance that allows the city to remove objects left on sidewalks, if objects are tagged 24 hours in advance of removal. The items are held at the city's Halawa base yard for 30 days before being destroyed.

The city used the 2011 ordnance earlier this month to clear the Paawa Inha Park of the homeless before the arrival of South Korean dignitaries.

Homeless campers there were given 24-hour notices to vacate in advance of a visit by a delegation from South Korea, which had donated the sculptures in the park.

A sidewalk nuisance is defined in the new law as "any object or collection of objects constructed, erected, installed, maintained, kept or operated on or over any sidewalk, including but not limited to stalls, stands, tents, furniture, and containers, and of their contents or attachments." The new law allows the city to remove items without tagging them.

Both the old law and Bill 7 were opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and (de)Occupy Hono­lulu, which argued that the bill would criminalize homelessness and stifle free speech.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
They need to remove the Thomas Square tents ASAP. They are now an extreme hazard for anyone attempting to use the sidewalk. Plus with the new green park border they have left no room on the sidewalk so pedestrians must go into the park to pass after 10:00 pm.
on July 18,2013 | 10:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
They cleared Beretania Street by Aala park a couple of weeks ago but the tents are back. It's like eating soup with a fork.
on July 18,2013 | 10:24AM
allie wrote:
yup..it is the future face of Hawaii. Years of bad decisions catching up with you all?
on July 18,2013 | 10:53AM
silvangold wrote:
Did per chance get your little space allie? hopefully this will make you move out-of-our-state and go bug other people
on July 18,2013 | 12:38PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
what a rude thing to say, you pathetic internet troll. E pa oe i ke ala o ka hala.
on July 18,2013 | 05:19PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
allie, it's " ya'll". get it right.
on July 18,2013 | 10:25PM
honopic wrote:
The "future face" of Hawai'i will be much brighter when you leave, allie. And when it comes to bad decisions, letting you move here and "go to school" on the taxpayers' money was one of the worst. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 18,2013 | 10:47PM
lee1957 wrote:
Even using a fork you will reach the bottom of the bowl, it just takes longer.
on July 18,2013 | 11:14AM
Pocho wrote:
they need to build the hygiene centers!
on July 18,2013 | 01:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Meh. They cleared Pawaa In-Ha Park yesterday. When I drove by this morning the guys were back. Not as many, but tents have returned already.
on July 18,2013 | 10:42AM
mikethenovice wrote:
No delay in moving the homeless. A forever delay in curbing those noisy two wheeled vehicles. Who's being selective here?
on July 18,2013 | 11:17AM
hilopango wrote:
I walked by Moiliili Field this morning...the sidewalk on the Isenberg St side of the park had tents. And why are the Thomas Square tents "left untouched by the city's actions"? What's law for one is supposed to be law for all.
on July 18,2013 | 11:21AM
hon2255 wrote:
Mayor Caldwell , please have your Parks people remove those idiots camping out with their tents and signage on Beretania and Ward ave. Unsightly, dirty, taking up public property, please move them all to a homeless shelter , most of us here that have to work next door at First Insurance and Straub have to put up with all their crap for too long, Mahalos Kirk!
on July 18,2013 | 11:22AM
hon2255 wrote:
The tents ,furniture, and signs on Beretania and Ward need to be moved asap, been a eyesore too long . For those of us working nearby and have to walk or drive past this rummage , it's been too long, they are breaking the law, please get rid of the junk ,thank you Mayor Caldwell.
on July 18,2013 | 11:24AM
allie wrote:
on July 18,2013 | 03:00PM
honopic wrote:
Nobody cares if you agree or not. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 18,2013 | 10:48PM
HD36 wrote:
The next wave of homeless people will be elderly people living at the poverty line. As costs begin to dramatically increase those relying on social security and what they have left in the bank will resort to shoplifting food. The has already occurred in Japan as arrests of shoplifters over 65 years old have increased by almost 100%. If you don't have at least 6 months of living expenses saved up, you're not prepared for what's coming.
on July 18,2013 | 11:47AM
allie wrote:
I said the same last year and was laughed at...by toothless retired folks!
on July 18,2013 | 03:00PM
honopic wrote:
You are still being laughed at, by retired folks and workers, toothless and otherwise. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 18,2013 | 10:51PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Keep it going! Raid them everyday!
on July 18,2013 | 12:26PM
silvangold wrote:
yes....every single day! both my parents must have turned several times in their grave!
on July 18,2013 | 12:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I prefer Black Flag to Raid.
on July 18,2013 | 12:56PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
you always come up with the best one liners of the day.
sorry, maneki.
on July 18,2013 | 05:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He's a lot older and nowhere near as handsome as me.
on July 18,2013 | 07:36PM
tiki886 wrote:
Punishment must be swift and certain for the stubborn to get the message. Let's see if Caldwell can keep up the effort every time a tent pops up or will he cave in?
on July 18,2013 | 12:39PM
Grimbold wrote:
Useless efforts. The homeless should be punished for messing up the area.
on July 18,2013 | 02:57PM
false wrote:
Like under the freeway they'll go back.
on July 18,2013 | 03:53PM
false wrote:
How about a photo op of the mayor at one of these raids?
on July 18,2013 | 03:54PM
fwurstiv wrote:
Keep it up. The homeless have to realize there are shelters and services available and not to "occupy" the sidewalks and streets. Keep up the pressure.
on July 18,2013 | 04:21PM
keawe wrote:
...why pick on the Kakaako people. What about the "homeless" also called the Occupy group that is only a BLOCK away from the Police station. They have been there for over a year now and the City is afraid of them because they have Lawyers? Are they not supposed to be carrying their signs when they are protesting? The people that are homeless that are being harassed in Kakaako should go to the corner of Beretania and Ward Avenue to be safe and protected like those that have been there for so long.
on July 18,2013 | 05:13PM
HD36 wrote:
75% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Just think how many homeless people there will be if unemployment and inflation go up 2%.
on July 18,2013 | 07:00PM
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