Residents returning to Waianae coast beaches

Michael Hatori
Michael Hatori

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - The city is closing a number of Waianae Coast beach parks overnight to campers. That means homeless families will once again be forced to find a new place to call home, just like they've done in the past.

But while many homeless are being forced to move away, other residents are now returning to the beaches.

A beautiful summer day at tracks beach means conditions are perfect for diving.

So Heather Hedges suits up.

She is not only anticipating the scenic sights in the water,

She is also enjoying this newly cleared out park.

And feels more residents will also return to the beach without the homeless.

"You'll be able to use more resources of the beach. It will just be friendlier and open for public use instead of someone's home," said Hedges.

Tracks is just one of several beach parks that will now be closed from 10pm to 5 in the morning.

The new closures have already cleared out a number of homeless camps.

Up the road at Pokai Bay, families are enjoying the sun, sand and safety of the cleaned up park.

"The beach is a lot nicer now and safer for the kids to come swim. It used to have a lot of rubbish, its nicer now, you can see the water," said Waianae resident, Michael Hatori.

But while a number of beaches are once again beautiful, there are miles of coastline and still tents of the homeless dot the landscape.

Many realize the latest move to clean up our beaches won't solve the homeless problem but simply help return some of our shores for all residents to enjoy.

"Its a step in the right direction and I hope it can be accomplished," added Hedges.