New security cameras, more police among new strategies to battle Waikiki crime

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Updated: Feb. 27, 2019 at 3:41 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Forty new security cameras. A greater police presence. And removals of benches and walls where criminal elements are known to gather.

Those are among the public safety strategies the city is taking ― with the help of a number of private groups ― as part of a bid to address rising crime in Waikiki.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the plans Wednesday in a news conference in Waikiki, in which he was joined by representatives of Waikiki businesses, the tourism industry and the Honolulu Police Department.

“Waikiki is one of the safest visitor destinations in the entire world, and we want to make sure our visitors always feel comfortable in this very special place,” Caldwell said.

“When the installation is pau, the Waikiki district will have at least 50 surveillance cameras to help police in their mission to keep both visitors and residents safe while they celebrate life in one of the most incredible places on our planet.”

Crime in the state’s no. 1 tourism destination has been a growing concern for months, especially in the wake of a number of high-profile incidents.

And the city and police have already taken a number of steps in hopes of curbing crime.

But the announcement Wednesday is the biggest coordinated effort to date to address the problem ― and a public acknowledgment that something needs to be done.

The city said the public safety initiative includes:

  • The installation of 40 security cameras across Waikiki, thanks to a grant from the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association. The addition will bring to 50 the number of security cameras throughout Waikiki. The 10 surveillance cameras already in Waikiki are mostly along Kalakaua Avenue.
  • New concessions for three pavilions on the makai side of Kalakaua Avenue.
  • A greater police presence across Waikiki, including with foot and ATV patrols and new recruit training.
Here's where the new cameras will be installed in Waikiki The cameras will be added to 10 cameras already up in the area.
Camera location
1 Kalakaua Ave and Seaside Avenues
2 Kalakaua Ave (International Market Place)
3 Kalakaua Ave and Kaiulani Avenues
4 Kalakaua Ave and Uluniu Avenues
5 Kalakaua Ave and Paoakalani Avenues
6 Kalakaua Ave and Seaside Avenues
7 Kuhio Avenue and Nohonani Street
8 Kuhio Avenue and Walina Street
9 Kuhio Avenue and Kanekapolei Street
10 Kalakaua Ave and Ala Wai Blvd
11 McCully St. and Ala Wai Blvd
12 Kalakaua Ave and Ena Road
13 Kalakaua Ave and Ala Moana Blvd
14 Kalakaua Ave and Keoniana St.
15 Kalakaua Ave and Kuhio Ave
16 Kuhio Ave and Kalaimoku St.
17 Kalakaua Ave and Monsarrat Ave
18 Monsarrat Ave and Paki Ave
19 Kalakaua Ave and Paki Ave
20 Kalia Rd and Saratoga Rd
21 Kalia Rd and Beach Walk
22 Kalia Rd and Lewers St.
23 Kalakaua Ave and Beach Walk
24 Kuhio Ave and Kaiolu St.
25 Ala Wai Blvd and Kapahulu Ave
26 Kuhio Ave and Kapahulu Ave
27 Kuhio Ave and Paoakalani Ave
28 Ala Wai Blvd and Paoakalani Ave
29 Wai Nani Way and Pualani Way
30 Ala Wai Blvd and Wai Nani Way
31 Ala Wai Blvd and Kanekapolei St.
32 Kuhio Ave and Uluniu Ave
33 Kuhio Ave and Liliuokalani Ave
34 Ala Wai Blvd and Liliuokalani Ave
35 Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street
36 Kuhio Avenue and Lewers Street
37 Kuhio and Royal Hawaiian Avenues
38 Kalakaua and Liliuokalani Avenues
39 Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues
40 Kapahulu Avenue and Cartwright Road
SOURCE: City and County of Honolulu

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