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Waikiki residents want to force owners to improve or sell long-vacant, blighted walk-up

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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Waikiki residents Roger Brewer, left, and Andrea De Rosa examine the exterior of an abandoned apartment complex at 1615 Ala Wai Blvd. in Waikiki. The building has become a hangout for youth as well as the homeless and is tagged with graffiti regularly.

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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Waikiki resident Roger Brewer stood outside an abandoned apartment complex at 1615 Ala Wai Blvd. on June 19. The walk-up apartment building has been vacant for about 20 years, with broken windows and screens torn.