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Kakaako Waterfront Park hours back to normal after busted light poles fixed

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KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hours are back to normal at Kakaako Waterfront Park Monday night after closing early each night for about a month.

This comes after several weeks of repair work to more than a dozen light poles after workers found wires hanging from them near a homeless camp in early October.

Hawaii Community Development Authority, the state agency that manages the park, shut off power to the area saying it was a safety hazard.

“What we found was exposed wiring. So the lights hasn't been cut, but there were exposed wiring and we believe that somebody or some people were using that to tap into our power in order to do whatever they wanted to do," HCDA spokesman Garett Kamemoto said.

Kamemoto said they found a solution and hope it will prevent the vandals from stealing electricity.

"We can never be absolutely sure it's never going to happen again. But what we've done is we've put a metal plate over it and then have some steel cabling around it.

Majority of the poles that were tampered with were near a growing homeless camp.

"I guess they're park-users too, but stealing the power isn't really cool because it affects the closures and stuff," said body surfer and park regular Reggie Ching.

In addition to cutting off the power, HCDA closed the park early each night at 6:00 p.m. instead of its regular time at 10:00 p.m. Those who enjoy the park for sunsets, and late afternoon surf sessions say it was an inconvenience.

"The power being out, it effects a lot of people that use the park," Ching said.

“It does, it affects everybody. There's always somebody gonna ruin it for someone else," surfer Lawrence Carranza said.

Some park-goers believe the fixes will work, while others say it's only temporary.

"That's good. Keep ‘um out, keep it so that they can't do it again. I think that's a good idea," said Carranza.

"If they need it really bad, they're gonna get to it somehow…these guys are really resilient," said Ching.

Kamemoto says repairs for the light poles came out to about $6,500.

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