Drivers, pedestrians split on Occupy Honolulu's move

Published On: Mar 13 2013 07:51:39 PM HST

It's a familiar sight just one road over.  A row of Occupy Honolulu tents now on the makai side of Thomas Square.

It's a prime area for parking, but on this day there's a lot of open spaces.

For some, there's confusion in seeing the tents and trying to find the parking meter.

Scott Takayama attended an event at the Neal Blaisdell Center and needed parking.

"At first, I saw the tent blowing on the road," said Takayama.  "I was blocking their sign but I needed to park and I did.  Everything worked out."

The tent that had blown into the roadway was quickly moved onto the sidewalk by Occupy protesters.

Alan Takahashi said he had no parking problem and said the tents show the depth of the homeless problem in Hawaii and wasn't a problem.

"No.  I don't foresee any problems," said Takahashi.  "It doesn't deter parking so I have no issue."

"Here we try to leave a space.  You'll notice most of the tents are sitting on the divide line for each of the spaces to allow as much possible room as we can," said Christopher Smith with Occupy Honolulu.

PHOTOS: Occupy Honolulu protesters on the move

Click here for more photos of Occupy Honolulu moving to King St.

The campers have already made sure the sidewalk is clear, although some pedestrians say it's not enough.

"It's dirty and there have been occasions where a handful of them sitting right in their tents smoking so you have to walk through all that and the garbage.  Just unpleasant in general," said one woman.

The city says officials at the Blaisdell Center are concerned over how the Occupy campers will affect patrons attending future events at the facility since so many park around the area and walk there during day and night events.

Meanwhile, a single tent has popped up on the sidewalk fronting the Blaisdell Concert Hall but Occupy Honolulu members say it is not a part of their movement.

Occupy Honolulu campers say they plan to continue their fight which now focuses on the treatment of the homeless here and the lack of housing.


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