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Homeless sweep to shut part of Pearl Harbor bike path

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The city will close a portion of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path in Aiea from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in a second sweep of homeless encampments along the path. A bicyclist rides along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, with tents behind him.

The city on Saturday plans to close a section of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path in Aiea between Hekaha Street and Neal S. Blaisdell Park for its second phase of clearing homeless encampments from the bike path.

Some of the homeless occupants had already been in the area, while others moved in after the city swept them from Navy land in front of Blaisdell Park in August. The city and Navy had reached an agreement to allow police and a special city maintenance crew to clear the stretch of Navy land that runs below the bike path.

A third phase to sweep the area near a Navy boathouse could involve the city or the state Department of Transportation, city spokesman Andrew Pereira said.

From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the city will close the Pearl Harbor Bike Path between Hekaha Street and Blaisdell Park. Bicyclists and joggers will be detoured onto Kamehameha Highway along that section.

The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 135, Blue Eagles, will work with the city’s Department of Facility Maintenance Malama o ka ‘Aina community volunteer maintenance program to repaint the Waimalu Stream Bridge railings near Hekaha Street, the city said.

At the same time, the city’s Department of Transportation Services continues to work on a section of the Pearl Harbor Bike Path between Aiea Kai Place and the Best Buy parking lot, requiring that section of the bike path to remain closed through Oct. 13.

Until that section reopens, bicyclists and joggers also will be detoured onto Kamehameha Highway.

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