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Campers at Maili Beach Park Must Move By Tuesday

Alice Greenwood Alice Greenwood
Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann
On Sunday, there were still dozens of campsites at Maili Beach Park On Sunday, there were still dozens of campsites at Maili Beach Park
Homeless people at Maili Beach park say that staying at the new shelter in Waianae is not free Homeless people at Maili Beach park say that staying at the new shelter in Waianae is not free

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - The clock it ticking for Leeward homeless families camping at Maili Beach Park. They must move by Tuesday.

The city issued notices the park will close Tuesday for renovations. Campers need to be packed up by then. But a check today shows about 50 campers still living in their make-shift homes.

Despite the 48 hour deadline, there are still dozens of campsites at Maili Beach Park.

These tarps and tents define their homes and there is a lot to move.

Reporter Beth Hillyer says, "Even though the deadline to evacuate Maili Beach Park is two days off it doesn't seem like many are pulling up stakes."

Many possessions are dumped as rubbish. Some are still packing. Even a teddy bear is in a crate for the move off the beach.

Former camper Alice Greenwood mentions, "My tent was right here and I was here for 9 months."

Most are comfortable in the shelter. "We have our own cubicle. Ours is with me and my son and I love it very much, he too," says Greenwood.

The City says the Waianae Coast Community wants the park back. Mayor Mufi Hannemann explains, "It's going very well. They are cooperating for the most part and we expect this to be an orderly process. We have maintained in my administration we need to clean our parks."

Greenwood says she fears there may be a standoff at the beach park during the sweep and she understands why the campers are so angry. She feels the government needs to provide affordable housing options.

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