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City to reopen park frequented by homeless

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:18 p.m. HST, Oct 09, 2013

Following the completion of a two-week maintenance project, the city today at 3 p.m. will reopen a park and surrounding sidewalk in Pawaa, which is a favorite campsite for the homeless.

The city Department of Parks and Recreation closed Pawaa In-Ha Park, near South King and McCully streets, Sept. 26 for scheduled maintenance, including tree-trimming, grass-cutting, aerating, and fertilizing.  

The Department of Facility Maintenance also closed the sidewalk along the mauka side of King Street fronting the Pawaa park for maintenance during the same time.

The work was done in part because two delegations from South Korea were here to see sculptures they donated. This year marks the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.

The city has received numerous complaints about homeless people at the park and the amount of property regularly stored there, a city official said.

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copperwire9 wrote:
It's a lovely park, and houses some of the best sculptures in Honolulu.
on October 9,2013 | 08:53AM
McCully wrote:
Put the planters boxes on the sidewalk.
on October 9,2013 | 08:55AM
lokela wrote:
Yes nice sculptures. But the homeless will be back in no time. They just had their camp cleaned. What a deal.
on October 9,2013 | 08:58AM
tutulois wrote:
There are many seniors in this area, who are afraid to use the sidewalks in this park. At least one senior has been assaulted there. I hope the city can find a way to keep the homeless out of this park.
on October 9,2013 | 09:21AM
hilopango wrote:
Agree! My husband & I won't even walk past that park anymore.
on October 9,2013 | 09:37AM
Grimbold wrote:
Handcuff them and off to a homeless camp. Out law them.
on October 9,2013 | 06:16PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Now that we got a more HPD recurits - put some at these locations that the homeless would claim it. I drove pass HCC on Dillingham and there are homeless who have taken over the bus stop. They have a tent with two dogs that bark people who would like to chase the bus from there. Shame
on October 9,2013 | 12:19PM
Grimbold wrote:
Most homeless are either stupid or irresponsible or drug addicts, or insane or criminals. They should all be rounded up and put in camps like the Japanese were put during WWII. Those who can work should be used for cleaning roads and parks. Those who are sane should d forced to be schooled in various disciplines , so one day they can be better creatures..
on October 9,2013 | 06:23PM
false wrote:
I hope they bother to thank the city for cleaning the sidewalk. Thats the least they could do. I just can't see how those residents living in the condos in that area can put up with that.
on October 9,2013 | 12:31PM
XML808 wrote:
Someone at SA needs a cup of coffee. This article repeats the erroneous information in a previous article stating that the park is near S. King and McCully but it's not.
on October 9,2013 | 12:40PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not even close!
on October 9,2013 | 12:59PM
syhud wrote:
Of course they reopen the park after the Korean dignitaries left. Didn't they really shut it down for maintenance because the dignitaries were to visit the monuments there? So we're back to square one again.
on October 9,2013 | 04:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I drive by each day and never saw any maintenance crews. The ground area is still covered by ciggie butts and pieces of disgusting stuff. All they did was block the sidewalk for a couple weeks but as of tonight I saw a group back in the park setting up camp.
on October 9,2013 | 06:51PM
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