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Homeless campers' belongings removed from Moiliili sidewalks

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 2:06 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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