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City crews clear more homeless camp sites

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:04 a.m. HST, Aug 24, 2013

Armed with three city laws designed to enforce park closure hours and curb sidewalk nuisances and belongings left on public property, city officials this week collected 12 bins of personal items and hauled away 7.79 tons of waste picked up at Iwilei and Kalihi.

City crews from the Department of Facility Maintenance and Department of Parks and Recreation also made another effort to clear tents and other items used by (de)Occupy Honolulu at the corner of Beretania Street and Ward Avenue fronting Thomas Square at 4 a.m. Thursday. The protest group has been at Thomas Square since November 2011.

Following the city’s actions on Thursday, protestors were back at Thomas Square and erected two tents this morning.

The city’s latest efforts took place Tuesday and Wednesday and involved public sidewalks used by the homeless at Kuwili, Pine, Sumner and Kohu streets. 

The City stepped their enforcement efforts on July 1.

The sidewalk ordinance allows the city to remove items deemed "nuisances" from city sidewalks. The law allows for people to retrieve any items seized if they pay a $200 fee. A sidewalk nuisance is defined in the bill 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 Stored Property Ordinance allows the city to remove personal items left on city property with 24-hour advance notice.

Authorities said these are locations where the city has received complaints. 

Some of the cleanup operations occur at night near parks in conjunction with the enforcement of park closure hours, the city said.

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ryan02 wrote:
Hawaii needs to set up drug treatment centers and mental health centers for homeless people somewhere where the cost of living is cheaper, like in Arizona or Nevada, and send the homeless there for assistance.
on August 23,2013 | 10:31AM
Skyler wrote:
Gotta clean up those 'sties' you guys.
on August 23,2013 | 10:38AM
allie wrote:
Homelessness is a product of mental illness and structural economic problems.
on August 23,2013 | 10:42AM
Bdpapa wrote:
And being irresponsible, having no social conscious, etc.
on August 23,2013 | 11:54AM
50skane wrote:
I heard those Occupy Hawaii guys take turns living in tents, so you don't see the same person there all the time..kind of defeats their purpose when there really is no hardship for them..they just take their turn staying in the tent for awhile then go back home to live until it's their turn again..really no hardship there.
on August 23,2013 | 10:42AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Bona fide lamers. Mega-whatevs re: their cause or purpose.
on August 23,2013 | 11:15AM
2NDC wrote:
Now to up the ante and create penalties that will discourage folks from returning to the same place to "set up shop" again once they've been kicked out by city crews.
on August 23,2013 | 11:22AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The homeless campers would like to thank Ernie Martin and Krik Cadwell for the regular cleaning of the sidewalks so that they may set their tents up again in a week or two on clean cement. And thank you for pressure washing all the shi shi stains and kaka from the surrounding areas. Cleanliness is essential to a good campsite.
on August 23,2013 | 11:39AM
emagination808 wrote:
Please stop calling the de-occupy people protesters. They are simply lazy people who have found a way to skirt the law and leech off of society
on August 23,2013 | 11:41AM
DABLACK wrote:
No pass the buck to ship the homeless to the mainland. They'll only come back. Where you find the best weather all year round ?? Need to resolve this issue properly. Start with the "part-time" tent sitters. Bet they have a better living condition than ME ?? Maybe need to get rid of them first !!
on August 23,2013 | 01:04PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
The reporter, Gregg K. Kakesako, is being sloppy in his reporting. The Thomas Square camper's garbage was being loaded onto trucks, with police present, at 3:10 am, not 4:00 am. Their junk was back there by 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon and their group was there at that time. This happened yesterday and not "this morning". What else may not be accurate in this report? Shame on me for actually paying to read inaccurate reporting...
on August 23,2013 | 02:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Pawaa Park full of campers on the sidewalk. There have been 2-3 sweeps so far. The guys are back within 4 hours.
on August 23,2013 | 07:53PM
Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
Today while driving home on Vineyard from Queens hospital there were homeless people at nearly every intersection. One obviously burnt out druggie was running through traffic like a lost butterfly just oblivious to the danger he was in. I almost flattened him in my SUV. So shame for Hawaii to allow these degenerates to force their lifestyle on us taxpayers. They need to be institutionalized and treated their illness. I'm tired of listening to the homeless bleeding heart advocates while our island is over run with these lost souls. Our gutless politicians will continue to turn the other cheek until they are voted out of office.
on August 23,2013 | 08:47PM
nitpikker wrote:
thank the aclu!! crazies have the right to live freely on the streets...according to the aclu!!
on August 24,2013 | 01:28AM
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