Homeless evicted from Kewalo Basin Park as state begins enforcement

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Crews conducted a homeless sweep at Kewalo Basin Park Tuesday morning.

State officials tell us they are now enforcing the park’s closure hours.

Notices were given to people in the park over the last few weeks, warning them about the upcoming enforcement action.

The state worked in partnership with other agencies, including the Hawaii Community Development Authority, Department of Public Safety, the City and County of Honolulu, and service providers like the Institute for Human Services and Kalihi-Palama Health Center.

“We really wanted to do everything we could to provide as much advanced notice as possible, not only to HCDA staff, but homeless providers who could access shelter and other alternate programs such as Housing First,” said Scott Morishige, the governor’s coordinator on homelessness.

Morishige says one person accepted shelter assistance, and was taken to IHS.

Officials say this is a continuous enforcement action, and that eventually Kakaako Waterfront Park will be cleared out as well.

The state previously struggled to find a vendor to clean up and throw away the trash left behind by homeless.

Some companies that turned down the job told KHON2 they were worried about the safety of their workers.

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