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Mayor Vows To Patrol Parks

Travis Kiyono Travis Kiyono
Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

By Beth Hillyer

NANAKULI (KHNL) -- Now that the city has cleaned up several leeward Oahu parks, city administrators and Honolulu Police seem determined to keep them safe and sanitary.

Beach-goers pull up at the now inviting Nani Kai beach on the leeward side.

"We just wanted to come here because we are actually looking for shells and wanted to find a nice beach where we could find shells," said beach-goer Travis Kiyono.  "Beaches like this just aren't this nice on the other side of the island. Nice when not so many people around."

But this beach was not always so welcoming. The city completed a major sweep two weeks ago.  And it's been open over a week. The facilites are clean and sport a fresh coat of paint.

Gone are the homeless campers. The police enforce a strict nighlty park closure rule. Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D-Honolulu) announces more security for the area.

"One of our new initiatives this year will be the formation of a parks patrol," said Hannemann. "Officers of the Honolulu Police Department would be devoted to patrolling beach areas, beefing up security, and taking other measures to ensure laws are enforced and public places are safe for all of us."

"I think it's good the beaches are nice, welcoming," said Kiyono. "People want to come here because it is clean especially but I also feel for the people who had to move out of here at the same time so. It's good and bad."

"Make no doubt about it, we are going to continue to take back our parks because that's exactly what you tell me in the neighborhoods and shopping centers restaurants wherever you see me," said Hannemann.

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