Aloha and Welcome to the Oneʻula Beach Park Community Care Project.
Recently, a 15 year old boy was rushed to a hospital at 3:00 a.m. in critical condition after being stabbed at One’ula Beach Park. A fight broke out among teens partying at the park, two teenage girls were reported to be prostitutes at the park and recently a volunteer was assaulted. These types of incidents, as well as a growing homeless encampment, vandalized property, illegal dumping and drug use have made it so our community no longer feels safe using this park.
Councilmember Pine will host another Town Hall meeting with representatives from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and the City Administration to discuss the next steps toward maintaining regular park night closure hours to deter these illegal activities.
At the last Town Hall meeting, we heard presentations from HPD and from the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). HPD indicated that the amount of trash picked up has already increased from last year. Our dedicated community volunteers clean the park on the weekends and often find needles, human feces and piles of trash. HPD also said that a dedicated park groundskeeper or caretaker would help maintain the park.
The majority of those that attended the last two meetings agreed that the best way to protect and preserve the park was to adopt nightly closure hours at the park without a gate. The closures would be from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each day. The new closure hours will allow police officers to remove anyone engaged in illegal activities at night. Most City parks already have these closure hours in place. These closure hours would not restrict access to Native Hawaiian fishing rights or legal beach activities.
- 2001 Final Environmental Assessment of One‘ula Beach Park Master Plan from DCC 2001-ONEULA-BEACH-PARK-MASTER-PLAN
- 2007 Ewa Beach Neighborhood Board Resolution recommending nightly park closure hours and signage 2001-ONEULA-BEACH-PARK-MASTER-PLAN
Oneʻula Beach Park
Community Care Project
September 26, 2015.
Finally, after ten years of being closed, a new bathroom is on its way at Oneula Beach Park. Contractors started work this week. Thank you to the mayor and my fellow councilmembers for supporting my funding request for this project!
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