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Thomas Square homeless camps dislodged a second time before today's Restoration Day event

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:53 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

City maintenance crews were back at Thomas Square this morning clearing the sidewalks fronting Thomas Square on Beretania street before an event commemorating restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Tents belonging to the homeless and (de)Occupy protestors were taken down at about 4 a.m.  Items were gathered, loaded and sent to a city facility.

This was second time city crews have utilized the new sidewalk nuisance law that allows crews to remove private property from public sidewalks without 24-hour notice. The first sweep at Thomas Square under the new law occurred Thursday.

The city  will host a commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom at Thomas Square with performances, ceremonies, and speeches beginning at  11:30 a.m. 

The keynote speaker will be Puakea Nogelmeier, PhD. Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka and Mayor Kirk Caldwell will offer remarks. Other participants include the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Daughters of Hawaii, the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club, and Halau Na Pualei O Likolehua.

The event recognizes the significance La Hoihoi Ea (Restoration Day) holds in Hawaiian history.  On July 31, 1843, at the park that would eventually bear his name, British Rear Adm. Richard Thomas read a declaration restoring sovereignty to the Hawaiian Kingdom, ending the five-month seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Capt. Lord George Paulet.  

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Town side is such a yucky mess.....good luck! They will never leave
on July 31,2013 | 11:10AM
Holomua wrote:
So, the city is getting rid of the (de)occupy campers who are occupying Thomas Square, which is going to be used to celebrate the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom, which was later reoccupied by the people the (de)occupy campers are protesting by occupying the place the celebration is to take place.
on July 31,2013 | 11:19AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Excellent !!!
on July 31,2013 | 11:35AM
palani wrote:
Fire hoses know no irony. Use them.
on July 31,2013 | 12:19PM
4watitsworth wrote:
Ha ha. Too funny palani. I heard on the Perry & Price show this morning that they were thinking of paying one way fares for the homeless to move to the mainland. Didn't catch the entire story so I don't know if they were joking or if this was a real consideration.
on July 31,2013 | 03:22PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It should be. In the 80's the State of Florida sued the State of Oregon for doing just that. There is a stocky homeless guy with gray hair who now hangs on Kapiolani near Piikoi. He was a part of the group from Oregon who received tickets to Hawaii in the 80s. In the 90s he use to live near Pawaa park and Beretania Foodland.
on July 31,2013 | 04:10PM
scooters wrote:
Great job..keep it up
on July 31,2013 | 11:22AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The Hawaiian Kingdom got restored? When did that happen? Shoots, I missed it entirely.
on July 31,2013 | 11:25AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I believe it was right L&L Barbecue had their first 76¢ plate lunch specials.
on July 31,2013 | 01:24PM
Anonymous wrote:
line em up and mow em down. one way to control weeds.
on July 31,2013 | 11:30AM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
Keep up the sweep.. they just don't get it!
on July 31,2013 | 11:50AM
false wrote:
Man the C&C crew must be getting tired of this. I still challenge de occupy to pitch their tents on Bishop Street after all it is the financial district. Remember the 1%. Remember the message? Come on now really de occupy who really gives a rip about your protest at Thomas Square. You guys are to much. Its actually funny.
on July 31,2013 | 12:25PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
These campers have no Aloha. Last night they forced a couple of hundred concert goers to commit a crime by walking into the park after 10:00pm because the sidewalk was blocked. The city either needs to remove these campers permanently or allow pedestrians access to the park after 10 pm.
on July 31,2013 | 01:27PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Ceremonies and speeches begin at 11:30 am but everyone is expected to be their sometime after 6:00pm.
on July 31,2013 | 01:37PM
Tarakian wrote:
that is funny!
on July 31,2013 | 05:17PM
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