Two weeks ago, KHON2 told you about Moiliili residents who are frustrated because of chickens and roosters that have moved into the neighborhood.
On Wednesday, residents at two of the area’s condominiums got together with Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School to put an end to the problem.
They hired Diversified Exterminators, which laid traps with bird feed and water, but kept the doors open for now, so that the chickens and roosters would be comfortable taking the bait inside the wire cages.
In two weeks, the exterminators will come back to activate the trap doors.
KHON2 asked Elfi Stoddard, a resident at the Contessa condominium, what she has had to put up with living with roosters in her neighborhood.
“We’ve gotten used to the sound of traffic, the school nearby, the ambulances, but the roosters? I wake up and it’s time to get up,” said Stoddard. “One o’clock you hear the roosters. It depends. Maybe the moon comes out, a light shines on them, they wake up. They’re feral chickens. They do their things.”
The exterminators laid the traps where the birds like to hang out, along the bushes on the King Street side of the school. There are three on the campus and three more on the grounds of the Contessa.
“They were our pets at first, and pretty soon, unfortunately, they became pests,” said Evelyn Hao, Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School principal. “Our sidewalks had to be cleaned more often because of their droppings.”
Hao said the chickens and roosters are also scratching and digging into the campus.
“Our P.E. teacher was beginning to see these holes on the ground and he was afraid the children would sprain their ankles as they ran across the field,” she said.
So the school and two condos in the area got together to pool their money and pay the exterminator $1,500 to get rid of the former pets.
KHON2 asked Hao what happens to the trapped roosters and chickens. “I’m not sure and maybe I don’t want to know,” she said.
The city is still working to reactivate the trapping of roosters and chickens, a program that ended two years ago.
The city is now referring to any new program as a pilot project.
There is $80,000 in the current budget and another $80,000 proposed for fiscal year 2016.