After high-profile Kakaako sweep, homeless camps spring up nearby
KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - One week after the city and state wrapped up its high profile homeless sweep in Kakaako makai, new homeless camps are springing up in nearby parks.
The park directly behind Kewalo Basin Harbor off Ala Moana Boulevard is becoming one of Honolulu's newest homeless encampments.
"It's kind of an eyesore for a nice beach park like this," said resident Bailey Tacub.
Tacub surfs at Kewalo Basin three days a week, and said the previously pristine park is going downhill fast.
"The trash cans are definitely getting kind of dirty, especially the showers, too. They're leaving their trash there," he said.
Hawaii News Now counted more than two dozen tents at Kewalo Basin on Wednesday.
Down the road at, Kakaako Beach Park, 23 tents were scattered across the lawn.
Homeless in the area said many of them had been displaced by sweeps at Kakaako makai.
The Hawaii Community Development Authority is in charge of managing both parks.
HCDA chairman John Whalen said Wednesday that, "I don't think we want the re-entrenchment of the camps."
Whalen added there are camping rules that can be enforced, but they are relying on advice form the state Attorney General.
Parkgoer Gary Akiona said the state should enforce the rules.
"The main problem is they have all these rules and they don't enforce it," he said. "No camping. But they camp. No animals. There's animals."
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