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State to clear new homeless encampments in Kakaako next month

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The state will clear out new homeless encampments at two Kakaako parks as early as Nov. 12, the governor said in a news conference Monday.

The homeless encampments at Kewalo Basin Park and Kakaako Waterfront Park sprung up after the state cleared out a large homeless encampment in Kakaako Makai.

State officials said about 130 people who had been living at Kakaako Makai moved to surrounding parks.

There are about 90 at Kakaako Waterfront Park, and 40 people at Kewalo Basin Park.

Scott Morishige, the state’s homelessness czar, said the homeless are camping in the parks overnight, in violation of park rules.

He said the rules will be enforced as early as Nov. 12, and that outreach providers have already started alerting homeless in the area about the plan to move them out.

The governor said homeless individuals and families in the area are being offered resources, including access to emergency homeless shelters.

Also Monday, the governor issued a supplemental proclamation that he said was designed to ensure a coordinated effort in addressing the homeless situation in Kakaako.

He also said the proclamation would allow the state to enforce camping and nighttime park rules on an ongoing basis, to prevent encampments from forming.

“The homeless do migrate,” he said. “Going forward, we will have to have some program of compassionate disruption, just as the city does. We do know that we want to be able to respond quickly so that we don’t allow the encampment to build.”

On Oct. 16, the governor issued an emergency proclamation to tackle the state’s homeless crisis. The proclamation was aimed at moving quickly to bolster homeless outreach and quickly stand up another homeless shelter in the urban core.

Ige said that he visited Kakaako on Friday to see where the new homeless encampments are growing. He said the homeless in the area are a mix of families and individuals, and that “you’re beginning to see encampments form.”

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