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Lawmakers consider expanding sit-lie law to Kapalama Canal

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council is considering options that would crack down on the homeless near the Kapalama Canal, an area where dozens of illegal tents and encampments continue to grow.

The council will take up a bill Wednesday that would expand the sit-lie law to the Kapalama area. Under Bill 6, the sit-lie law -- which currently pertains to Chinatown, Waikiki and more than 10 other Oahu locations -- would also cover parts of Kohou and Kokea Streets, along with the expanded sidewalk area. The expanded sidewalk area is defined as unpaved public property 10 feet from the edge of the sidewalk farthest away from the roadway. 

Efforts to install a fence along the embankment is also moving through the council.

Additionally, the legitimacy of signs currently posted along the canal -- that prohibit activities like camping and loitering -- is being questioned, so Honolulu police officers are unable to enforce those signs at this time.

The only current active enforcement is when crews from the Department of Facility Maintenance tag and remove stored property on that city land if the campers are there when they come through, which is usually twice a month.

The council will meet at 10 a.m. To see the agenda, click here. 

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