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City crews expand homeless camp sweeps

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:00 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2013

City maintenance crews this week continued their attempts to rid Honolulu sidewalks of homeless and protestors, removing 28 shopping carts and hauling away 2.14 tons of waste from Chinatown, Aala Park, Waikiki and Thomas Square.

Wednesday’s efforts occurred at Thomas Square, Aala Park, Kamamalu Park, the Ewa entrance to Chinatown, Smith Street, Kukui Gardens, Old College Walk and Ala Wai Promenade across from the Honolulu Convention Center.

City officials continue to enforce the sidewalk ordinance, which allows authorities to remove items deemed “nuisances” from city sidewalks. The law allows for people to retrieve any item 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 also are using city laws designed to enforce park closure hours.

Authorities said the locations selected for enforcement are those where the city has received complaints.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Good! Consistent and Persistent!
on August 29,2013 | 07:58AM
OldDiver wrote:
Agree. At some point they will have to agree to abide by the same rules we all follow and move to the homeless shelters.
on August 29,2013 | 08:49AM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Agree also. Go, go, go city go. Get those parks, beaches and sidewalks cleared for the public!
on August 29,2013 | 09:28AM
thomas1 wrote:
Hope they can keep it up. The "new" homeless may actually go back to where they came from. 60-70% of the homeless are not even from Hawaii. Other municipalities send us their worst homeless people. The ones they no longer want to deal with. The ones with substance abuse, ex-cons, and mental illnesses. These "new" homeless take away from the local families who are really having a tough time and need the social services. This is a fact. Speak to any police officer in Waikiki or town area and they will verify that a majority of the homeless are not from Hawaii. A good portion of 911 complaints involve the homeless. Glad to see that this state and city actually has some guts.
on August 29,2013 | 08:33AM
iwanaknow wrote:
We've seen an uptick in homeless on the North Shore.
on August 29,2013 | 09:33AM
SueH wrote:
Well, sure. After being displaced from Waikiki, A'ala Park, Chinatown, etc. they have to go somewhere else because after all, they are homeless, and the North Shore is a nice place and pretty low key.....for now.
on August 29,2013 | 09:38AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yep they gotta go somewhere.
on August 29,2013 | 10:52AM
BigIsandLava wrote:
How bout back where they came from or the shelters?
on August 29,2013 | 01:34PM
samidunn wrote:
Keep up the good work, most of them will move back to the mainland.
on August 29,2013 | 09:51AM
cojef wrote:
Don't think so, most are like "Manuela boy" of yore, no moh 5 sen, no moh hom, go Aala park ia moi! Where else to the beaches where it will hard to haul off their worldly possessions, junk that is.
on August 29,2013 | 11:44AM
pakeheat wrote:
on August 29,2013 | 11:39AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
So far the sweep seems to work for 4-8 hours after which the guys are back. Each sweep costs money. How long do we throw money down that rabbit hole before we realize it doesn't work?
on August 29,2013 | 11:44AM
At least the cost of the sweeps are to clean up and area for others to use. So much money is being thrown down the rabbit hole caring for the homeless. They all are eligible for public assistance to provide for a roof over their head, food on the table and all their medical needs. They are the ones who use it fro drugs, sell their food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar for more drugs and neglect their health needs. Why do we have to have so many non-profits groups seeking them out to care for them. They are either adults responsible for themselves or medically impaired to the point they need to be institutionalized. One or the other and it is time we start treating them accordingly.
on August 29,2013 | 01:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yeah, but they move back in so fast that the public does not get to use the park. So what is the gain?
on August 29,2013 | 03:38PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Keep it up CCOH. For once you are doing a true service for the people in a timely manner.
on August 29,2013 | 11:49AM
HDougMatsuoka wrote:
"I support safe zones, which would give the homeless a place to temporarily reside. We would provide basic health and safety facilities, and a private provider would manage the site while working to transition people to more permanent housing." -- Kirk Caldwell campaign literature
on August 29,2013 | 12:20PM
HDougMatsuoka wrote:
"The Housing First model focuses on providing shelter first before addressing other issues a person may have. Once housed, the person may then take advantage social services available on-site. This approach has worked well in many mainland cities and is worthy of our attention." -- Kirk Caldwell in his campaign literature
on August 29,2013 | 12:20PM
Slow wrote:
Thank you HDoug. By nature, I am a trusting guy. I read good things about Kirk. I also believed (or at least hoped) Abercrombie had become a more mature statesman during his time in Washington. And again the inconvenient truth reveals the actual man. BTW, Kirk, love those big sidewalk planters. No way are they sidewalk "nuisance." Unless the Occupy folks had put them there or they were owned by poor people.
on August 29,2013 | 12:34PM
alohacharlie wrote:
As a 27 year resident of Waikiki, I have witnessed the deterioration of our neighborhood by folks blocking the sidewalks, taking over the beach park tables and chairs, and aggressive panhandling. I feel sorry for those folks who choose this life style but as the saying goes: "to each his own". However, do not block the sidewalk I want to walk down, do not take over the park benches and tables daily that a lot of folks would like to use, and last but not least, stop the panhandling - go out and get some kind of a job and stop using "homelessness" as an excuse for not being able to find any kind of employment. If the clean-up only last for a short time before the offending parties are back, schedule clean-ups more often. It just needs to get better here in Waikiki.
on August 29,2013 | 01:14PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
I hear you alohacharlie. Good points.
on August 29,2013 | 01:49PM
pakeheat wrote:
Sorry but have you looked at them, they either are on drugs, alcoholics, or maybe even dropped out of school, they aren't going to find a good job to even survive in Hawaii? This is what has happened as cost of living rises each year, so they end up on the streets.
on August 29,2013 | 03:29PM
BigIsandLava wrote:
If these people are multiple violators, instead of continually cleaning up their mess, cite them and fine them after multiple clean ups and they won't be returning after 6 to 8 hours.
on August 29,2013 | 01:39PM
juscasting wrote:
How about Waianae Boat Harbor! Get choke village there!
on August 29,2013 | 02:49PM
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