KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) signed a Right of Entry for some Kakaako parks last week.
City officials say the Right of Entry allows the city to enforce its park rules and Stored Property Ordinance through October 2, 2018.
This is pending the transfer of ownership of the Kakaako Makai park lands from the HCDA to the city, an idea met with criticism. The transfer is reportedly pending with the HCDA Board.
"The 41 acres of Kakaako Makai park lands were always intended to be transferred to the City and County of Honolulu after their development was completed in the late 1980s, but the transfer never occurred," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
"This Right of Entry will allow the city to keep these public spaces open for our residents and visitors to enjoy, whether they are walking, jogging, surfing or just enjoying the outdoors," Caldwell added.
New hours of operation for the park will be from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hours now match Ala Moana Regional Park.
"The initial enforcement of the city's Stored Property Ordinance by the Department of Facility Maintenance, as well as the enforcement of park closure hours, will take place on Monday, April 30, after park closure at 10:00 p.m. Enforcement will continue throughout the week, and going forward, as required," city officials said.
The following streets within the Kaka'ako Makai park lands are also included in the Right of Entry:
- Olomehani Street, between the Waterfront Park parking lot and Ahui Street (approximately 12,000 square feet).
- Ohe Street, between Ilalo Street and Olomehani Street (approximately 19,000 square feet).
- Ahui Street, between Ilalo Street and Point Panic (approximately 30,000 square feet).