3 parks cleared of home­less

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties cleared about 100 home­less peo­ple who were il­le­gally camp­ing at three Kakaako parks.

Main­te­nance crews on Mon­day started clear­ing Kakaako Wa­ter­front, Gate­way and Ke­walo Basin parks, which were closed last week to the pub­lic be­cause of safety con­cerns.

The state Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety says no ar­rests were made, but a po­lice pres­ence re­mains. “No tres­pass­ing” signs were posted Mon­day and sher­iff’s ve­hi­cles were posted at en­try points at Kakaako Wa­ter­front Park.

State home­less co­or­di­na­tor Scott Mor­ishige said out­reach work­ers were on hand to help those who were dis­placed.

The Hawaii Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Author­ity is as­sess­ing dam­age to the grounds from van­dal­ism and the en­camp­ments. An ini­tial es­ti­mate was $500,000.

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