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Homeless campers' belongings removed from Moiliili sidewalks

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:06 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2012

The sidewalks on South King street in the McCully-Moiliili area in three locations used heavily by the homeless were cleared by city maintenance and park crews by 1 o'clock this afternoon, a day after campers were warned they had 24 hours to remove their personal items.

City crews began impounding personal items belonging to homeless campers near Moiliili Field just before 9 this morning and then moved to Old Stadium Park and Pawaa In-Ha Park.

City officials said they would be back tomorrow to monitor the situation at all three locations.

A new city law prohibits keeping personal items, including furniture and clothing, in public areas such as sidewalks and parks. 

On Monday, city officials — including Westley Chun, director of the Department of Facility Maintenance; Trish Morikawa, county coordinator of the city Office of Housing; and Allen Sato of the city Road Division — gave written notices of the city's intention to enforce the law.

Officials cited 25 people at Pawaa In-Ha Park — at King and Kaheka streets — and 19 at Moiliili Field and Old Stadium Park.

This is the second time city officials have taken measures that affect homeless campers in the Moiliili area.

On Nov. 30, crews from the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Facility Maintenance power washed the sidewalks and cleaned the park. However, homeless campers moved onto the sidewalk after city crews finished the November cleanup.

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ulujah wrote:
so when are they moving the folks across the academy of arts off the side walk
on January 10,2012 | 08:35AM
rgy888 wrote:
yea, what's up with that. They're blocking the sidewalk!
on January 10,2012 | 08:54AM
billso wrote:
I expect that will be soon, given the high visibility of that area.
on January 10,2012 | 02:08PM
gsc wrote:
It's about time !!!!
on January 10,2012 | 08:39AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Does this law apply to EVERYONE that leaves their personal belongings on City property? Or was this just to target the houseless?
on January 10,2012 | 09:17AM
jess wrote:
Seems to be everyone, they started giving out notices in Mililani. There were people with basketball hoops and flags that weren't within the owners' property lines. I feel really bad for the homeless people getting their stuff impounded, but I also feel really bad for the handicapped people who need to use the sidewalks with their walkers & wheelchairs who aren't able to in certain areas because the homeless have completely blocked the sidewalk.
on January 10,2012 | 09:28AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Jess... Two different issues. The basketball hoops in Mililani is an association bylaws violation. The homeless property is now a county law.
on January 10,2012 | 12:47PM
gmejk wrote:
No, the basketball hoop enforcement comes from the city. I got my notice. Someone complained about it. I moved it on the slope of my driveway about four feet and now I'm in compliance. Problem solved.
on January 10,2012 | 09:17PM
alohacharlie wrote:
Thank you City crews
on January 10,2012 | 09:46AM
MWF3 wrote:
This law was created to target the homeless.
on January 10,2012 | 09:48AM
false wrote:
And, whatʻs your point?
on January 10,2012 | 10:50AM
soundofreason wrote:
And I'm ok with that.
on January 10,2012 | 05:19PM
Truther wrote:
It's about time!
on January 10,2012 | 09:20PM
JusInsane wrote:
Maybe I can finally take my kids back to Old Stadium Park to play without worring if they will be poked with a needle. One time, my son and I walked into two men having sex in the bathroom stall. Hard to tell a 3 yr old to hold it.
on January 10,2012 | 10:24AM
Living_Large wrote:
Were you sure they were both men? I saw some pretty manly looking women hanging out in the area. :-( Kind of sad that these "feral humans" are taking over our neighborhood parks. Back in the day, families had more pride and would make sure that their relatives didn't end up living like this.
on January 10,2012 | 04:07PM
localguy wrote:
Once again, we are world laughing stocks. I can see it now. City will impund property and over time, lose or damage it. Now the city has a lawsuit by the homeless person and will win big bucks due to city incompetence. Here we go again, hold on to your wallets.
on January 10,2012 | 10:25AM
butinski wrote:
Why is the city only confiscating the junk? The homeless have had repeated warnings about impending action. Now, let's just haul the junk to the dumps or the incinerator. Actions like this will discourage further junk pileups.
on January 10,2012 | 10:35AM
kprtyqn wrote:
Well homeless can always avoid the streets and hide under the bridges again. That law doesnt pertain to that area and alot of them were there before they will probably go back. They might as well hang at the bus stops as thats another area that has no control. You push from one place they will move to another and that isnt solving the problem. THEY choose to be homeless OR there isnt enough shelters to help them but MOSTLY they refuse alot of the help to and those with mental incapacities are a large majority!
on January 10,2012 | 10:41AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Bridges and bus stops apply, since those are public spaces as well. The law pertains to leaving personal property on public spaces, not just parks. That's why sidewalks are covered too. The homeless simply need to get realistic and realize there are places for them to go, like IHS. And that they don't want to go b/c they don't like the rules is besides the fact.
on January 10,2012 | 12:11PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Apparently they haven't seen the group that moved away from across the Convention Center on Kalakaua to the area near where the stream connects to the Ala Wai Canal. Take a good look along the backside of the old Hard Rock Cafe. I wonder how long the City would take if the homeless were to set up their camp sites in the Manoa or Kahala areas?
on January 10,2012 | 02:43PM
what wrote:
All of you saying "What are the homeless going to do?" The answer is simple: whatever they want, as long as they don't pitch a tent permanently on a PUBLIC sidewalk.
on January 10,2012 | 11:00AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Just wait until the rail comes then they can easily move from one area to another.
on January 10,2012 | 02:45PM
kennysmith wrote:
it looks like it is going to be a lot of mess. for the city of honolulu, they just don't want to help the home less tofine a place to live at.
on January 10,2012 | 11:08AM
Toneyuki wrote:
They don't want to help them?



on January 10,2012 | 01:59PM
bummer, this is all that people have in their worldly possesions, may drive more homeless into the ER seeking help with this trauma, may cost the City more $ from law suits..............not a happy new year, i hope that these possesions will be placed in storage, i hope
on January 10,2012 | 11:10AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
This person King_crabbe must be from the mainland. These homeless are mostly from the mainland here on a one-way ticket from their homeland. Hawaii has the beautiful weather so why not here. Instead of taking their belonging. Give them a one-way ticket home to where they came from. Before you do that., so they don't come back. Brand their hometown on their forehead so the state knows who they sended back. They at at street lights with signs - I will work for food (bull lie). Yet people give them money. Stop HAWAII AND DON'T GIVE THESE PEOPLE MONEY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. Lets get real. Do something about this. They are at the bus stops, parks where little children play sports what a shame. Get rid of them. The local ones - have their families take them or give them shelter. After all they are ours. Let's clean up our AINA.
on January 10,2012 | 11:58AM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
"These homeless are mostly from the mainland..." Sooo I take it you did your own face to face interview/research to back up this statement. Betcha not...too much stereotyping - as is usual.
on January 10,2012 | 12:22PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Wasn't there a suggestion made in the past to have a "mothballed' Navy vessel used as a homeless shelter? Hey, then the homeless would be able to see the world too.
on January 10,2012 | 02:49PM
Living_Large wrote:
The Super Ferry would have been an excellent homeless shelter. If they get out of line, toss 'um overboard. :-)
on January 10,2012 | 04:11PM
No tahitian, My name is Curtis Crabbe and my family has been here since 1860, we are the original Honkys, you are an import also. Obviously you do not live the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The indicator as to how a society is doing, is how well they treat the destitute, hungry and homeless. Obviously you choose to judge the exterior. Not truly seeing the worth of a soul. Todays paper indicates that one of our own tour bus drivers lost his job 5 years ago. He was at the Pawaa camp. There are many local people that are homeless, high cost rent, hopelessness, and no jobs=no can. Depression and all that stuff. obviously our lawmakers have been captivated with real estates profits, taxes to pay municipal expenses, but when the economy gets bad, this is the result. On Molokai, yes there are those that got the one way tickets, but we dont kick them when they are down, we feed them, assist, and when needed, clothe them, or atleast try to. wake up tahiti! you no can keep on the way you doing........................try this on for size; its better to be polite than be correct'
on January 11,2012 | 08:37PM
mcc wrote:
Rather than taking all their belongings away why not provide a place with bathrooms and showers for them to stay. A portion of Sand Island would work with a free shuttle to Nimitz and a bus pass so they could catch the bus.
on January 10,2012 | 11:41AM
what wrote:
There are already homeless shelters for them to shower and stay, but they don't want to stay there because they don't like the rules. You want to provide them free shuttles and bus passes? We already do that for welfare recipients. I do not support giving them more money, it's a waste. If they don't want to help themselves, they should not be given a free handout.
on January 10,2012 | 12:13PM
Truther wrote:
How about you volunteer to take a couple homeless and their belongings to you home; I'm sure there's plenty of room. Plus you could pitch a couple tents in your yard.
on January 10,2012 | 09:17PM
on January 11,2012 | 08:39PM
goodvibrations wrote:
Does it apply to people who park their car on the sidewalks and City r-o-w? This is especially true of Kaimuki where there are sidewalks. People actually park their car on top of the sidewalk forcing the pedestrian to walk on the road, able bodied and handicapped alike.
on January 10,2012 | 11:45AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Some homeless, ones who are TRULY in need, but want the help as a temporary springboard to better their lives deserve our help in the form of tax money for services. But, many other homeless people complain that they are homeless because they cannot afford to live in Hawaii. They complain that the govt (i.e. taxpayers) should help them pay for food and housing. Well guess what? You need to MOVE. Move elsewhere, to the mainland, to another country. Wherever you can AFFORD to live. There are many places in the mainland or rest of the world that has a much lower cost of living than Hawaii. Go there. This concept is nothing new. It's called MIGRATION. It has happened all throughout time-- in prehistory humans followed the herds, during colonial times, the settling of the Old West, Hawaii's plantation era, the rise of suburbs in the US after WWII. And migration is not just for people, animals do it all the time too-- what do the herds do when the grass dies? They go elsewhere, where the grass still grows; where do schools of fish head to when they must eat? Where prey is abundant. Migration is a way of life. So stop whining, stop making excuses, stop looking for handouts from others who owe you nothing, and do what must be done-- MOVE to someplace you can afford to live. "Sloth is the mother of poverty" -German proverb.
on January 10,2012 | 12:07PM
Denominator wrote:
Sure. Can you imagine sitting next to a homeless person on the plane to LA?
on January 10,2012 | 12:18PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Oh come now. They would make sure that they showered and changed clothing before the flight. Although, there have been flights I've flown where persons (not homeless) should have practiced some good hygene and themselves taken a bath and changed their clothes. Eiyuu! The guy was hauna and was sitting 6 rows back.
on January 10,2012 | 02:56PM
chuck4664 wrote:
tomorrow the homeless will be camped out some where else with more stuff
on January 10,2012 | 12:14PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Homeless people the future independent bio energy the state is looking for.
on January 10,2012 | 12:17PM
jleejr1126 wrote:
This is a great move! Now just clear out the pavillions in Waikiki.
on January 10,2012 | 12:50PM
Vivgie wrote:
If you got cockroachs, you spray poison. You do not take away their homes, possessions or push them to another location. Unfortunately you cannot break the law and kill them. They will be back and collect more junk to store. Prepare to read more news about them. Interestingly the homeless in the Philippines are give homes on Smokey Mountain, and they seem to thrive. Trouble with our bums is they just don't want to work because they can't. Something is wrong with their brains. The only country I know of who were able to solve this problem was Germany. They weren't so bad after all.
on January 10,2012 | 03:48PM
safari wrote:
It's about time enforcement has been taken by the folks who get paid for their so-called titles/position. Step up or step down... Thank You!
on January 10,2012 | 04:38PM
akamaiperson wrote:
Attention C & C: What will you do about Iwilei Rd? There must be 25-30 "dwellings" there now -- probably moved over from the Beretania Street sweep a couple of months ago. They are blocking the sidewalk on the mauka side for quite a distance.
on January 10,2012 | 05:38PM
connie wrote:
The City crews should have been dressed in Biohazard suits.
on January 10,2012 | 06:56PM
paradiddle wrote:
Agree or disagree, like it or not, good or bad....the problem of homelessness is a by product of a society that believes in the basic right of freedom but the inability of that society to take care of everyone. Most problems ebb and flow with the prosperity of that society but our current economic turmoil has it spinning out of control with no resolution in sight. IMHO
on January 10,2012 | 07:58PM
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