Last November, my staff and I visited Auwaiolimu Neighborhood Park to address neighbors’ complaints involving illegal activities occurring after-hours in the park’s comfort station, as well as graffiti, homeless camping, drug use and prostitution. Department of Park and Recreation Deputy Director Ishikawa, Honolulu Police Department’s Sgt. Valoroso and members of his community policing team, and area residents discussed a variety of alternatives to improve public safety and to deter illegal activities taking place at night.
Department of Parks and Recreation has now installed gates at the entrances of the men’s and women’s restrooms to prevent illegal night-time activities, with assistance on locking the gates from HPD’s beat officers.
Kamamalu Park’s tennis courts have now been repaired after Department of Parks and Recreation staff discovered numerous holes in the tennis court. A police report for vandalism has been filed, and the holes have been painted over by maintenance staff.
Finally, in response to complaints about banyan tree roots obstructing the Diamond Head side of Nuuanu Avenue sidewalks, and hindering safe pedestrian traffic along the stretch of Nuuanu Avenue between Pauoa Road-Kuakini Street, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is evaluating the removal of the large banyan tree located at the corner of Pauoa Road and Nuuanu Avenue. DPR Director Nekota and her staff have advised that they will notify Nuuanu Neighborhood Board #12 when a decision has been made, and a suitable replacement tree has been identified.