State conducts homeless sweep in Diamond Head

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State enforcement officers cleared the slopes of Diamond Head Thursday, which have become a hideaway for the island’s homeless.

There were about 26 illegal camps that amassed thousands of pounds of trash.

“It takes money from regular park maintenance and park improvements and turns it into the need for cleaning up of rubbish,” said  Curt Cottrell, Administrator of the Division of State Parks. “So the park suffers cause we have few staff we have to contract it out.”

The cleanup contract cost about $24,000.
     
The homeless who lived there were told 10 days ago that they’d have to move by April 26.
     
They were also offered services to help them transition into temporary or permanent housing.

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