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City crews say they need more time to clear Kakaako homeless encampment

Officials continued clearing a Kakaako homeless encampment on Friday. The work will continue Monday. Officials continued clearing a Kakaako homeless encampment on Friday. The work will continue Monday.
KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

City officials say they'll need another day to clear Kakaako's homeless encampment.

Crews had hoped to wrap up the work Friday, but will back in the area Monday to finish up and ensure homeless campers haven't moved back to the area.

“We ran into a large amount of trash left behind,” said Ross Sasamura, director of the city Department of Facility Maintenance, which has been tasked with enforcement of the sidewalk nuisance ordinances.

Sasamura said crews were able to clear about half of Olomehani Street near the Children’s Discovery Center on Thursday. Friday, they worked along Ohe Street and will return to that area Monday.

Since Sept. 8, DFM has spent about $60,000 to clean up the Kakaako encampment. That cost includes about $27,000 in wages, $5,000 for overtime, and about $27,000 for equipment, materials, fuel and other operational costs.

On Friday, homeless people were leaving the area in groups. Some moved their belongings into a nearby park. 

Sasamura said the city will continue to enforce the stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances throughout Oahu.

A new temporary homeless facility on Sand Island Access road is scheduled to open in mid-November, according to city housing officials.

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