Hawaii News 21 tons of trash cleared from abandoned house By Gregg K. Kakesako July 29, 2015 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. A city contractor Tuesday completed a weeklong job of removing 21.5 tons of debris from an abandoned Kaimuki house, the target of complaints from neighbors and officials about unsanitary conditions and fire and safety hazards, according to Curtis Lum, spokesman for the city Department of Planning and Permitting. Pacific Junk Removal cleared the 2,400-square-foot property at 1115 2nd Ave. and boarded up the house Tuesday, Lum said. Lum said 18 truckloads of trash and recyclable metals and electronics were hauled away from the property, about a block makai of Waialae Avenue. The cleanup started July 21. City officials are exploring ways to recoup the cleanup costs and might have to resort to seizing the property and selling it under a court order. City officials say payments of property taxes are current. The company is working under a court order after the owner, Laura Matsuzaki, failed to rid the property of rubbish and trash, which the city said is unsanitary and created a fire and safety hazard. The city has said Matsuzaki’s property has violated city building and health codes since 2008; Matsuzaki has been fined nearly $200,000. Police and neighbors have been asked by city officials to report further suspicious activities and illegal dumping. For nearly two decades, neighbors have complained about rats, cockroaches and smells of urine and feces coming from the property, which had been abandoned. Previous Story A tropical cyclone may reach the isles in a few days Next Story Enter the Endless Summer Photo Contest!