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Cameras installed in Waikiki to curb crime

HONOLULU(KHON2) - More cameras are being put up in Waikiki in an effort to curb crime it's just one of the things the city is doing to make the area safer for locals and visitors alike.

It is considered the safest large city in the country but officials are taking efforts to keep it that way.

It can pan, tilt, zoom and has a 360 degree view. The new high definition video camera installed on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue is just one of 40 that will be installed. Waikiki already has a total of 10 cameras installed along Kalakaua Avenue.

"So we will have 50 cameras throughout the Waikiki special design district watching what's happening on the street and catching the bad guys if they commit crimes and hopefully deterring them from committing crimes," explained Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Those who live in Waikiki, said they are working.

"The cameras that we had already in place had a very positive force in deterring things like prostitution and drug sales," said Rick Egged, Waikiki Improvement Association President.

The cameras were paid for with two grants.

"The Hawaii Tourism Authority allocated $300 thousand for this very important project, which is truly an investment within the community to be able to protect our residents as well as our visitors," said HTA Chief Administrative Officer Keith Regan.

The second grant for $75,700 was from the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association.

The cameras will be manned 24/7.

"They will be monitored from the substation for the Waikiki Police Department and the WBID, the aloha ambassadors,  will be assisting in that monitoring," said Caldwell.

"To expand the cameras and the ability to not only monitor them in real time, but also keep the archival footage of them. The ambassadors that assist HPD in the sub station with this monitoring are well equipped and ready to go," said Jennifer Nakayama, President and Executive Director for WBID.

The footage will be kept for at least a week, possibly longer.

Camera locations were chosen for various reasons including access to electricity, view planes and how you can see things and of course going where they were most needed according to Caldwell. 

In addition to the cameras, the City made several other changes for improve security.

"In order for us to maintain the safety and security here in Waikiki the walls were removed in three different locations near the International Market Place, the Outrigger Waikiki and near the Waikiki Business Plaza," explained Ross Sasamura, the Director and Chief Engineer of the Department of Facility and Maintenance.

The three walls were removed due to complaints that people would sit on them and harass customers and people walking by.

Honolulu Police Major Dagan Tsuchida said they are putting more boots on the ground.

"I have not only my regular patrol officers... I have ATV detail. I have the full time bicycle detail, two plain clothes operation officers, one that works during the day, one at night and I also have officers in the second phase of their training," said Tsuchida. 

Caldwell said he will be putting a resolution in to the City Council to get the cameras approved. It will need to go through two approvals until the cameras can be activated. He said that process could take up to a month.

Here is a list of the locations the cameras will be installed

1 Kalakaua Ave and Seaside Avenues
2 Kalakaua Ave (International Market Place)
3 Kalakaua Ave and Kaiulani Avenues
4 Kalakaua Ave and Uluniu Avenues
5 Kalakaua Ave and Paoakalani Avenues
6 Kalakaua Ave and Seaside Avenues
7 Kuhio Avenue and Nohonani Street
8 Kuhio Avenue and Walina Street
9 Kuhio Avenue and Kanekapolei Street
10 Kalakaua Ave and Ala Wai Blvd
11 McCully St. and Ala Wai Blvd
12 Kalakaua Ave and Ena Road
13 Kalakaua Ave and Ala Moana Blvd
14 Kalakaua Ave and Keoniana St.
15 Kalakaua Ave and Kuhio Ave
16 Kuhio Ave and Kalaimoku St.
17 Kalakaua Ave and Monsarrat Ave
18 Monsarrat Ave and Paki Ave
19 Kalakaua Ave and Paki Ave
20 Kalia Rd and Saratoga Rd
21 Kalia Rd and Beach Walk
22 Kalia Rd and Lewers St.
23 Kalakaua Ave and Beach Walk
24 Kuhio Ave and Kaiolu St.
25 Ala Wai Blvd and Kapahulu Ave
26 Kuhio Ave and Kapahulu Ave
27 Kuhio Ave and Paoakalani Ave
28 Ala Wai Blvd and Paoakalani Ave
29 Wai Nani Way and Pualani Way
30 Ala Wai Blvd and Wai Nani Way
31 Ala Wai Blvd and Kanekapolei St.
32 Kuhio Ave and Uluniu Ave
33 Kuhio Ave and Liliuokalani Ave
34 Ala Wai Blvd and Liliuokalani Ave
35 Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street
36 Kuhio Avenue and Lewers Street
37 Kuhio and Royal Hawaiian Avenues
38 Kalakaua and Liliuokalani Avenues 
39 Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues
40 Kapahulu Avenue and Cartwright Road  
41 Paokalani
42 Uluniu
43 Kaiulani         
44 International Market Place
45 Seaside        
46 Royal Hawaiian
47 Seaside 
48 Nohonani
49 Walina
50 Kanekapolei 

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