Police clean up Moiliili park

Nohealani Amina
Nohealani Amina
Honolulu Police Major Robert Green
Honolulu Police Major Robert Green
Roxanne Highland
Roxanne Highland

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

MOILIILI (KHNL) - There's a lot of frustration about what's inside a Moiliili park. Honolulu Police cleaned it up Wednesday, seizing shopping carts, bicycles and clutter stashed by the homeless living there.

While the park closes at 10-pm, it's what they do outside the area that's creating concern. People living in Stadium Park say they were kicked out, the police say it was just a clean up. While there are different sides to this story, all agree Hawaii's homeless problem needs a solution.

Stadium Park is no stranger to families. But look closer and you'll catch a different one.

"That's my son Maui," said park resident Nohealani Amina.

Yet strangely familiar.

"That is a pain in the butt right there," said Amina.

Nohealani Amina is among about 50 living here.

"Where else can we go?," said Amina.

Police have received about 11 complaints about the park this month.

"Urinating in public, defecting, trash build up, abandoned property," said Honolulu Police Major Robert Green.

So they seized shopping carts and asked those living here to get rid of their garbage.

"We kept what we thought we needed," said park resident Roxanne Highland

Everything Roxanne Highland owns is now in trash bags, she's lost a lot.

"So much, birth certificates, pictures of my kids," said Highland.

They prefer to be called "house-less. They clean and take pride in this park they call home.

"All we're doing is just surviving, just to get by on a day to day basis. We're not there to do crimes, to obstruct justice," said Amina.

But when the park closes at night, neighbors complain of their noise.

"This isn't going to get any better," said Highland.

Highland says shelter options are limited especially if you're single, female and disabled on this side of Oahu. Like others at the park, a roof over her head is all she wants. Society may snub her, but Highland has hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

"This isn't what I wanted, far from it," said Highland.

Police say no arrests were made or citations given and no one living in the park was asked to leave. They say the clean up was a move to keep the area clear and sanitary for the entire community.