Kapiolani Park overnight camping ban in effect

Megan Barrett
Megan Barrett

By Leland Kim - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) Kapiolani Park and Kuhio Beach go through a major change starting tonight.

They'll be closed nightly, as part of a new campaign by the city, to clean up the area and to keep the homeless from living there.

Prior to last month's big clean up effort, hundreds of homeless people camped here.

"It would actually be a shame if the homeless people were still here because people might be slightly deterred about coming to the park," Megan Barrett, a visitor from Australia said. "This morning, I believe, there was a group learning how to hula dance. It's just fantastic."

Tourism officials and residents have complained about homeless in the area, saying iconic Waikiki should be more inviting to residents and visitors.

"You have such a wonderful facility like this," Barrett said. "It's a shame you wouldn't utilize its best facilities, and the surroundings are fantastic."

Now that the city has cleaned up Waikiki, it looks like the strategy to bring people back is already working.