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City officials: Kakaako homeless sweep to continue through Wednesday

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KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

City officials say it will take at least another day, into Wednesday, to clean up the sidewalks in the heavily entrenched homeless encampment in the Kakaako area.

Workers with the Department of Facility Maintenance were delayed Monday in enforcing the city's stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances because the outreach team from Waikiki Health, which has been helping the homeless to relocate to available shelters, was off for the Discoverers' Day federal holiday. City officials say they weren't notified about that until late Saturday. Crews instead worked other Oahu enforcement areas.

In addition to the outreach delay, DFM crews also encountered additional trash and materials that were relocated to their cleanup area on Friday, according to Ross Sasamura, director of the Department of Facility Maintenance.

To date, Sasamura said 52 tons of trash have been collected: 104 cubic yards of metal and 129 hypodermic needles. More than half of the Kakaako homeless trash, nearly 27 tons, was collected on Thursday and Friday and exceeded the highest 7-ton-a-day total collected so far.

A city bus was available to take any homeless who wanted to go to area shelters Tuesday.

Since August, 158 of the 293 people from this encampment have been placed into shelters or transitional housing, city spokesman Jay Parasco said.

"Fifty-four people including 10 families, were housed just last week," Parasco said.

Officials with the Institute for Human Services said it continues to have shelter space available for families and single men and women who want to take advantage.

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