Workers, police recognized for clearing Kakaako homeless encampment

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City crews spent more than a month clearing Kakaako of a massive homeless encampment.

They worked hand-in-hand with police to enforce the city’s sidewalk nuisance and stored property ordinance.

On Thursday, dozens with the Department of Facility Maintenance Stored Property and Sidewalk Nuisance Enforcement Crew and the Honolulu Police Department District 1 Community Policing Team were presented with a certificate of appreciation.

“(It was) really pilau kind of work. They had to deal with syringes, hundreds of them that were lying around, dangerous health hazards and yet they stepped up,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “They had to grab things where there could be ukus, other things, centipedes, scorpions.”

In that six-week time frame, crews collected 67 tons of trash, more than 106 cubic yards of metals and 41 shopping carts.

Roving patrols continue to go monitor the area to make sure the homeless do not return.

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