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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sit-Lie Ordinance Enforced in Chinatown

The Honolulu Police department has started to enforce the city's new sit-lie ordinance in Chinatown.  Under the new law, sitting and lying on business district sidewalks is prohibited from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.  Police officers have spent the last two weeks handing out warnings in Chinatown and encouraging people to move into shelters. Over the next few months, enforcement will go into effect for downtown Honolulu and 14 other business districts throughout Oahu. Waikiki's ordinance is slightly different as it bans sitting and lying on sidewalks 24 hours per day.

Chinatown merchants and residents stated that they have already noticed a difference, but hope that the city would include banning lying and sitting at five malls in the Chinatown-downtown area as well. These include College Walk Mall, Sun Yat Sen Mall, Kekau­like Mall, Union Mall and Fort Street Mall.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, 12-23-2014,
Posted by Jeff Uyemura-Reyes, Principal Broker, REALTOR®
Global Executive Realty, LLC