City officials: stepped-up police presence in Chinatown will continue

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Dolores Mollring
Dolores Mollring
Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock
Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL)- Chinatown residents are continuing their fight against crime. They rallied Wednesday night with city officials to keep criminal activity out of their neighborhood.

It's been about a month since a fatal shooting and then a stabbing less than a week later. An area that's been plagued with crime, it was time to continue efforts to take back the streets.

"We will continue to work with you the community," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Confidence from Mayor Mufi Hannemann, addressing almost a hundred Chinatown community members. Front and center was Dolores Mollring.

"I'm sad to say it took something violent to bring the people together," said Chinatown Resident Dolores Mollring.

She's talking about a fatal shooting on River Street in early April, then just about a week later, a stabbing less than a block away. The Chinatown resident since the 70's says people are scared now more than ever.

"They're afraid it might be them next with one of the bullets or they'll be robbed," said Mollring.

Along with crime cameras in different locations, Honolulu Police has doubled its patrol with officers on the streets since last month.

"People are now saying the opposite that we have too many officers and that's good. We want the criminal element to move out of Chinatown," said Honolulu Police Chief Boisse Correa.

"We're a little concerned at how long they can maintain this," said Community & Business Association President Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock.

Police say there are no plans to reduce enforcement. Participation in community patrols has also spiked. But, citizens like Mollring who value "their" Chinatown believe this is their fight.

"We cant count on the police, we can't count on the courts, it's up to us," said Mollring.

Police enforcement has doubled in the area. There were 300 speeding citations issued in the area two months before the recent incidents. Last month that number jumped to 1,400.