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Kakaako Waterfront Park returns to regular hours tonight

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  • DENNIS ODA / OCT. 5

    An opened electrical box that is connected to what looks like a battery and an orange cord that runs into a tent at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

Kakaako Waterfront Park will return to regular hours — closing at 10 p.m. beginning tonight.

The park had been closing four hours early at 6 p.m. since early October as repairs were made to vandalized light poles near the park’s amphitheater, next to the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, where homeless people like to sleep.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser hours would return to normal, allowing park users — especially surfers and bodyboarders — access again after 6 p.m.

HCDA had said 13 poles were found damaged, and the repairs were expected to cost $6,642.

In July the HCDA closed the adjacent Mauka and Makai Gateway parks to repair landscaping and sprinkler damage allegedly caused by homeless trespassers who had taken over the parks.

The initial notices said Mauka and Makai Gateway parks would be closed until Aug. 15 “or until further notice.” Both Gateway parks remain closed.

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