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Hawaii Five-0 shines unintentional spotlight on Kakaako homeless

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Recently after the City and County of Honolulu conducted a sweep of homeless in Kakaako, Hawaii Five-0 production crews came in and shot a scene.

Critics said the sweep was done at the behest of show producers.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell answered the charges Friday. "Absolutely not true. We're out five days a week enforcing our stored property ordinance and sidewalk nuisance ordinance".

The City did confirm that there was communication with the show producers, but in the reverse order of the allegations.

"Our film office was aware when we going to conduct our actions so whatever coordination took place there happened after the schedules were shared with them" said Director of Facility Maintenance Ross Sasamura.

Critics persist. "I don't believe anything the City says. I believe these raids are abusive, are not conducive to getting the homeless off the street. It's not an incentive to have them go and seek services" said Kathryn Xian, Executive Director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

Xian says what will work is compassion, without disruption.

"Being able to properly assess them, have time for social services to come out here and do their work”.

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