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Night Closure of Park Extended

Norman De Los Santos Norman De Los Santos
Julio Vasquez Julio Vasquez
Ala Moana Beach Park Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Beach Park was once the home for hundreds. But, when the city began closing the popular park every night, those who lived there were left looking for somewhere else to stay. The latest decision regarding the closure of the park will have those displaced people staying somewhere else for the next two months. It is also possible the homeless will not return because the the city may decide to make these night closures permanent.

Norman De Los Santos just started walking again at Ala Moana Beach Park. He used to walk early in the morning until he was attacked while walking with his wife. He says things have changed since the city started shutting down the park at night, "shut it down for two months, however it takes...make it safer for people." The city is doing just that, extending night closures for at least two more months. City officials say the decision was made after they received positive feedback on the closure.

But closing the park at night means people like Julio Vasquez are left with no place to stay. "I feel like this is a'll still in the street, you still need to do the same thing it's a little more harsh," says Vasquez about the closure. Vasquez has been taking refuge along with dozens of others at Kawaiahao Church. The city hasn't made a decision yet on whether it will make the closure permanent but Vasquez says whether the park stays closed for two months or two years it's time to deal with a bigger issue addressing the homeless problem.

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