Kaimuki residents want park lookout closed after hours

Kaimuki residents want park lookout closed after hours
Published: Dec. 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM HST
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KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The view from Mau'umae Nature Park lookout is beautiful and breathtaking. But some residents complain that when the sun goes down the scene at the stop in Kaimuki changes dramatically. Nearby neighbors complain the turnout is a trouble spot strewn with drug paraphernalia.

"Syringes which appear to be from drugs. Little bags which they think contained either meth or crack," Kaimuki Neighborhood Board chairman Lyle Bullock said.

The lookout on 16th Avenue is open to the public round-the-clock. Lisa Foxen can't count how many nights she's been startled from her sleep.

"People laughing or screaming, yelling, bottles clinking up until four or five o'clock in the morning," she said.

But the noise is only part of it. Some who live by the 33-acre city park have seen drug deals and people getting drunk and high at the lookout.

"I see sometimes the same cars, the same trucks staying there while other cars come and drop someone off or pick something up. My husband has seen the lighters flashing on and hearing coughing. You know something is going on down there," Foxen said.

Police respond when residents call but citizens want a more permanent solution. The Neighborhood Board is asking the city to close the lookout from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and to penalize trespassers.

"So that we can get a sense that we've chased some of those folks out. That we're not having that problem anymore," Bullock said.

"Just something to keep people from using it as a party spot or as a spot for illegal activity," Foxen said.

A neighborhood watch member who wants to remain anonymous said a homeowner near the park has had his house broken into three times.

"It makes me nervous," Foxen said. "I've always felt safe in Kaimuki."

She said the lookout has been a hot spot at night for way too long, and a sore spot too

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