KALIHI (KHNL) -- Pua Lane in Kalihi has a bad reputation. But one resident says it doesn't have to be that way. He's decided to take his street back.
"All this trash, with the accumulation of the cars, it just accumulates," Fetu Kolio, Pua Lane resident, said.
Among all the trash, Fetu Kolio sees a treasure.
"I want to restore the freedom and the safety and just being clean," he said.
Pua Lane is notorious for its alleged drug dealing and gang activity.
"I was personally threatened by the gangs," Kolio said. "They come to my house."
Now, the long-time resident says enough is enough.
"The more you make trouble to me or any gestures or whatever, threats, I just get stronger," he said.
Kolio is taking Pua Lane back, starting with a community clean-up. He printed 200 fliers, and is asking everyone to join in.
"We've been always wanting somebody to step up," he said. "Well, I am. I'm stepping up to the plate."
"Oh, I think it's a great effort," Dan Dudden, Pua Lane resident, said.
Dudden says many are afraid of the crowds that gather along the street at night.
"I don't know that they're just out on the sidewalk having a few beers or maybe just sitting around talking," Dudden said. "But it's very threatening to people that want to walk by."
Kolio wants to make the neighborhood inviting.
"It makes people want to come out more, you know, participate," he said. "The kids have better choices than just walking around, stepping on beer bottles or cigarettes or even packets of, you know, drugs."