State prepares for homeless sweep on Diamond Head slope

Diamond Head State Monument is one of our most visited state parks.

But part of the crater has also become a homeless camp.

The state is working to get three dozen people who live on the makai slope out.

Since December, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has been posting notices and issuing citations to let them know they’re not allowed to live there.

But they’re also offering assistance.

“The goal is not to be punitive or to displace from one area to another, but really to get them to a long-term resolution of housing,” said state homeless coordinator Scott Morishige.

Morishige says so far, six people have taken them up on their offer to get treatment or go to a shelter.

Law enforcement officials will be going there at unannounced times to issue citations and ultimately remove any abandoned items.

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