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City crews enter final phase of clearing Kakaako homeless encampment

KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Ilalo Street, city workers loaded a refuse truck with things left behind by Kakaako homeless campers. 

"I would approximate that weight of the debris that we picked up to be roughly seven tons or so," Department of Facility Maintenance director Ross Sasamura said.

Enforcement of the Stored Property ordinance focused on heavily concentrated areas of the homeless encampment. Vito Talo packed before they got to his tent.

"I was told that anyplace over here after the sweep would be off-limits and we'll get arrested," he said.

The homeless camp surrounding the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center hurt attendance. There's optimism for a turnaround.

"It is really our sincere desire that all of the families who are on the street can find a safe haven and some shelter. That is our first and foremost wish." executive director Loretta Young said.

Some Kakaako homeless moved to Kewalo Basin. HCDA issued notices there about illegal camping. Before the enforcement in Kakaako, eight people boarded a bus for shelters. Talo and his three daughters don't know where they will go.

"Things that we have, it just from out here. It doesn't really matter. If they take it they take it." he said.

Some homeless people are suing the city, claiming past sweeps destroyed their personal property.  The city has taken tons of trash from Kakaako to be burned at HPOWER. More went there today.

"The first truck was full just coming down Ilalo Street from the intersection of Ohe Street to Ahui Street." Sasamura said.

On Friday morning, the city will clear Ohe Street -- the final leg of this Kakaako cleanup.

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