Police respond to homeless complaint
Responding to complaints about a homeless encampment under Waiakoa Uka Bridge in Kihei, community policing officers went there last week intending to issue notices to vacate the area.
No one was there when the officers arrived at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, police said.
The action was in response to multiple complaints that Kihei police officers had received for about a month since June 20.
One complaint was made by a state Department of Transportation representative who reported that no one was allowed to stay or camp in the area. Material found below the bridge posed a hazard not only to those camped there but also to the effectiveness of the drainage system, according to the representative.
After Department of Transportation representatives asked officers to help remove campers, police checked the area and found furniture, cooking supplies, cooking equipment and evidence of an open and uncontained fire beneath the bridge. Police also found cars in the area and explained to people that they couldn’t stay there.
People were offered information on social services available to help them move from the area. Police were told that homeless outreach workers from the Family Life Center had also contacted those at the homeless camp.