SPOT­TING THE DAM­AGE

Of­fi­cials dis­play some de­struc­tion by campers, sug­gest the tally may grow

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Rose­marie Bernardo rbernardo@starad­ver­tiser.com

Walk­ing through the closed Kakaako Water­front Park Thurs­day, a spokesman for the Hawaii Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Author­ity pointed to a bro­ken sprin­kler head leak­ing water.

Less than 5 feet away, elec­tri­cal wires hung ex­posed from the bot­tom of a light pole where a metal cover had been re­moved.

“This is def­i­nitely a shock hazard,” said author­ity spokesman Garett Kamem­oto.

Full dam­age as­sess­ments may take a while to com­plete, but re­pairs to dozens of bro­ken fix­tures and other van­dal­ism through­out Kakaako Water­front, Gate­way and Ke­walo Basin parks will to­tal an es­ti­mated $500,000.

The state agency in­def­i­nitely closed the three parks on Sun­day, cit­ing safety con­cerns fol­low­ing re­ports of dog

at­tacks, fires and van­dal­ism blamed on grow­ing num­bers of home­less peo­ple camp­ing along the water­front.

The dam­age is dis­heart­en­ing, Kamem­oto said Thurs­day as he walked through the park with the me­dia. At Kakaako Water­front alone so far, the stage agency has dis­cov­ered dam­age to 38 light poles, 21 light fix­tures, 12 elec­tri­cal boxes and seven water fix­tures such as sprin­kler heads, sinks, water foun­tains and a back­flow pre­ven­ter.

Kamem­oto said he an­tic­i­pates more dam­age may be dis­cov­ered when con­trac­tors con­duct a full as­sess­ment. A de­bris cleanup be­gan Mon­day morn­ing and fin­ished Thurs­day. Among the items left be­hind by the home­less were three air-con­di­tion­ing units and a small re­frig­er­a­tor.

A deputy sher­iff has been sta­tioned daily at the gate to Kakaako Water­front since Sun­day night.

There’s been no es­ti­mate of when the three parks will re­open. Kamem­oto said the agency hopes to get stepped-up en­force­ment of park clo­sure hours.

PHO­TOS BY DEN­NIS ODA / DODA@STARAD­VER­TISER.COM

Garett Kamem­oto, spokesman for the Hawaii Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, gave an up­date on the dam­age found at Kakaako Water­front Park. AM­PHITHE­ATER PARK­ING EHIME MARU MEMO­RIAL CHIL­DREN’S DIS­COV­ERY CEN­TER COM­FORT STA­TIONS COM­FORT STA­TIONS

DEN­NIS ODA / DODA@STARAD­VER­TISER.COM

Garett Kamem­oto pointed to an ex­ten­sion cord stored in­side a bro­ken elec­tri­cal box.

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