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Organizer says popular New Year's party moved because of homeless

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It's one of the biggest New Year's Eve parties in the state. And for the past three years it's been at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

Not this year, though. The event's organizer says it had to be moved because of the homeless problem in Kakaako.

The New Year's Eve Party of the Year attracted more than 7,000 people last year, who turned out to enjoy music, food and fireworks.

Organizer Mike Galmiche, of Galmiche Entertainment said he's been in conversations with the Hawaii Community Development Authority for months about the situation. Finally, he says, he was forced to make the change. The event will be held at Aloha Tower instead.

"We wanted to keep the event consistent so we met with HCDA back in June and we could never get a clear answer to the homeless issue," he said. "We constantly had to check back every month to see where they were at to the point where it was sort of too late to produce the event there."

HCDA officials dispute Galmiche's story. 

They say it's not issuing any event permits for the Waterfront Park amphitheater until a park environmental impact study and master plan is completed.

Hawaii News Now asked if HCDA officials if the homeless issue had anything to do with the event being moved. Officials did not immediately respond.

The New Year's Eve Party of the Year at Aloha Tower will feature music on eight stages, 25 food trucks and fireworks. Pre-sale tickets are $40.

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