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Residents want permanent curfew, after violence boils over at Kalihi Valley Homes

Tu'uese Talikoa Tu'uese Talikoa
Moana Hampton Moana Hampton

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Peace and quiet in Kalihi Valley - the relative calm of a new curfew has dozens of families happy to give up their rights.

That's the surprise reaction at a meeting on Monday night over a nightly lock down at two Oahu public housing complexes.

Security officers who guard the entrance of Kalihi Valley Homes say it's been quiet since the curfew took effect. Before that, they say kids in groups of up to 20 would try to pass through these gates, without any id, late at night and harass them.

"All these guys are gang bangers, they're hanging around, they're not there anymore," said Tu'uese Talikoa, a security manager.

During a legislative briefing at Kalihi Valley Homes, not one resident testified against the curfew.

"I've lived here 25 years and this is the first time I feel safe," said Moana Hampton, a resident.

The curfew took effect April 1st at Kalihi Valley Homes, followed by Kuhio Park Terrace.

From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., residents must be in their homes and guests must be out.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority implemented the curfew, after a March 29 shooting at Kalihi Valley Homes left a 19-year-old man in the hospital.

Before that, two beatings and a stabbing were reported, also in March.

Some residents say it's a turf war between Kalihi Valley Homes and Kuhio Park Terrace.

Honolulu police say more violence may follow.

"There is definite possibility that there could be retaliation for any kind of violence that happens involving the housing communities," said Maj. William Chur of the Honolulu Police Department.

The curfew is only temporary - a maximum of four months.

Residents say they want a permanent one.

But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says a curfew violates their constitutional rights.

"What we don't support is having hundreds of people who are following the law, essentially under house arrest," said Daniel Gluck of the ACLU.

The state is now checking with the federal government to see if the curfew is legal.

The chairs of the House Committee on Human Services and Committee on Housing held the meeting.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority will hold a similar meeting at Kalihi Valley Homes on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Residents will get a chance to talk about what works and what doesn't when it comes to safety in their neighborhood.

 

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