Kalihi Valley Homes Emergency Curfew Lifted

Published On: Jul 28 2010 10:28:19 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 29 2010 06:39:08 AM HST
HONOLULU -

The emergency curfew imposed by the state at Kalihi Valley Homes could only legally be in place for four months.

The curfew, which started April 1 was prompted by a stabbing and a shooting at the state housing project. It restricted residents from leaving their homes and prevented visitors from entering after 10 p.m.

?There are still rules bound by the lease, so ultimately if people don't follow the rules they can get evicted,? said State Housing Executive Director Denise Wise.

Wise made the announcement about lifting the curfew, following a meeting with residents Wednesday. Housing officials provided Samoan, Chuukese and Laotian translators to allow the residents to speak freely about what they liked, and didn?t like about the curfew.

?I am glad they re going to lift it,? said Kuhio Valley Homes resident Shanon Salvador.

She says while she is glad the crime dropped during the curfew she was sad because her great grand children stayed away because they didn?t feel welcome.

Wise said she was encouraged that on the July fourth holiday families were mindful of the rules.

?That's self policing. Nobody had to go up to people. There were people on their lanais and people on the back porch enjoying themselves, but not partying like rock stars. They were very respectful of each other,? Wise said.

She applauded the residents? efforts. The curfew, she said, was successful thanks to them.

One person who was watching the meeting unfold was the head of the Mayor Wright Housing Project.

?We wrestle with a lot of things. There's gang fights with each other, or rival gangs,? said Fetu Kolio from the nearby Mayor Wright Housing Project.

Housing officials will begin holding public hearings across the state about the curfew concept. A special follow-up meeting with Kalihi Valley Home residents will be held in a month and a half .

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