The state initiated a sweep of Kewalo Basin Park early today to enforce park closure hours.
The sweep started at approximately 2 a.m. Officials from the Institute for Human Services and the Kalihi Palama Health Center were on site to assist the homeless.
It’s unclear how many homeless people were at Kewalo at the time of the sweep.
State Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige, who was at park early this morning, said they have partnered with the city to provide buses for individuals interested in going to a shelter.
Only one individual pursued that option, said Morishige. The individual was transported to a shelter at the Institute for Human Services and enrolled in the state Housing First program.
“At the end of the day, our ultimate goal is really to get individuals off the street and into permanent housing,” he said.
The park closure hours at Kewalo Basin are from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. daily.
Morishige noted many items left behind by the homeless were picked up by a private contractor and stored at an offsite warehouse.
Of the sweep, 19-year-old Samantha Rodrigues who has been living at the park for nine months said, “This is just ridiculous.”
A woman who declined to give her name was tearful and frustrated by the enforcement. “Fo’ real, where the (expletive) are we going to go?”