Kaneohe neighborhood faces sudden crackdown on illegal parking

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many residents in a Kaneohe neighborhood are scrambling ahead of a sudden police crackdown on illegal parking.

Families in the Hokulele subdivision rely heavily on street parking, with several generations often living together under one roof.

"There's not enough parking on the streets and when you look at all the residential areas here in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, everybody parks on the street fronting their houses," said longtime resident Lilinoe Yong. 

In response to a community complaint about illegal parking on Lolii Street, patrol officers will soon begin a one- to two-week education and warning period before issuing citations.

Immediate action may be taken for serious violations, such as blocking a hydrant.

Parking within four feet of either side of a driveway flare is a common problem. A vehicle that is parked in a driveway, but extends onto the sidewalk is also in violation of parking rules.

"Most of our families (in the subdivision) have about four cars per household and the driveways are so close to the sidewalks so everybody's driveway is illegal parking," said Yong. "We really can't park on our own driveways."

A car may be towed depending on the violation and the vehicle's location, according to HPD officials.

"Somehow, when they designed this subdivision, it was an affordable subdivision, so they had certain criteria and specifications that they had to use," said state Rep. Ken Ito (D-Kaneohe, Maunawili).

Enforcement will be conducted in the entire subdivision.

"Where are we going to put our cars? We've got grandkids. I've been here over 30 years. We've got grandkids, we've got kids. Where do we park? People across the street down the road park on this side because they live in apartment buildings," said resident John Long.

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