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City hopes to install security cameras at Ala Wai Boat Harbor

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Two security cameras are being proposed for Ala Wai Boat Harbor. 

One would be located on the Diamond Head side of the parking lot near a food truck, the other would be closer to the paid parking near the entrance of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. 

Several hotels, a famous lagoon, a popular surf break and a highly used boat harbor are all nearby.

"They need it, guarantee they need it here," said Bong Tadios who visits the area frequently. 

"There's a lot of crimes that go on, it just doesn't feel safe," said Tehani Tauhiro, whose family has a boat at the harbor. 

The city says it wants the cameras installed in time for the U.S. Mayor's Conference which will be held from June 28 to July 1, 2019, at Hilton Hawaiian Village. 

The state owns the land where the cameras would be placed, therefore the city needs the Department of Land and Natural Resources approval. 

In a letter to the state, the city says they want the cameras 'to increase security measures for the conference.'

The city proposes it will mount the cameras on two light poles in the parking area which will draw electricity from the light poles.

The letter also states that HPD will be monitoring the camera video feed. HPD Spokeswoman Michelle says the cameras will record footage and will be monitored at HPD's substation.  

According to the HPD online crime map, there have been 191 crimes within a half-mile radius of Ala Wai Boat Harbor since Jan. 1.

People who park near where the cameras would be installed say they don't see much crime in that particular area.

One surfer says he thinks more crime happens near Holomoana Street and Hobron Lane. 

And boat owners say cameras should be installed closer to the docks. 

"They don't lock the gates to get down [to our slip] so anyone can come down here," said boat owner Jim Byxbee. 

"If they could have some security cameras overlooking the docks it would be better than over in the parking lot where Hilton is, there's nothing going on over there as far as crime," he said. 

He says he's seen people sleeping on boats and that he's had items stolen from his boat. 

"It's been really terrible, it's kind of scary actually and there's people that live on the boats and you have to feel sorry for them because they have to lock their boats up because they're afraid at night," Byxbee said. 

Another boat user agrees. 

"I think [the cameras] are a good idea, especially at night time, it's just not safe," said Tehani Tauhiro. 

The state will decide whether to approve the plan during a public meeting Friday morning.     

For now, the City has plans to keep the cameras up for six months. 

HPD says they'd like to see the cameras installed permanently. 
 


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