HPD to enforce parking restrictions at Irma's

HPD to enforce parking restrictions at Irma's
Published: Jul. 9, 2015 at 6:32 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 10, 2015 at 4:34 AM HST
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EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a quiet stretch of broken coastline nestled in East Oahu between Sandy's and Makapu'u. 

"As far as I know they had a lunch wagon here that was called Irma's, and that's why it got the name" says Shane Lono, who's been using the area his whole life.  On the Fourth of July, he was with his family celebrating the holiday.

Lono says he was approached by a pair of Honolulu police officers on all-terrain vehicles.  He says they told him that he had to move his car, because they were trying to reduce crime in the area.

"They want to get it so that no one comes to this beach--and no one comes in this area of the beach" said Lono.

The interaction left Lono puzzled, and frustrated.  Hawaii News Now went to HPD looking for answers.

HPD responded, stating: "We're told that DPR is in the process of putting up new signs in that area that will prohibit parking.  Honolulu Police Officers will be responsible for enforcing those rules".

We checked--there are no new signs in the area.  We double backed with the Department Parks and Recreation Tuesday.  As of Thursday, there was no response at all.  The lack of answers from the Department of Parks and Recreation has left Lono in a lurch.

"We're left here wondering, are we ever going to be able to come here again? And it doesn't sit well with me".

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