It was moving day for dozens of homeless campers just outside of Chinatown.
The campers received notice they would have to vacate the sidewalk across from Aala Park because landowner Highmark Investments was removing a fence and starting improvement work on the property.
Homeless campers packed up early Monday morning under the watchful eye of Honolulu police officers and city crews.
"That's okay, you know. That?s okay because it was going to come sooner or later," said homeless camper Velma Rodriguez.
Chinatown residents and community groups said they've waged a year-long battle to clear the homeless encampment and take back the public sidewalk.
"It's very important that we clear the sidewalk so people can safely walk past because it's gotten too big. And it's been here too long. The tents got bigger and bigger and the people more entrenched," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of the Chinatown Business and Community Association.
A few homeless campers moved out last night.
But most waited until the last minute. They packed up as much of their belongings as they could -- taking them away in shopping carts and suitcases and on bicycles and scooters.
City crews disposed of the property homeless campers left behind.
They used heavy equipment to carry away sofas and other furniture, while other workers swept up smaller personal belongings and trash.
Homeless campers said they're not going away, they're just going elsewhere.
They said it?s never easy finding another spot to pitch their tents and saying goodbye to old and trusted neighbors.
"I have a lot of emotional ties to people out here, so I like being near them, yeah?? Rodriguez said.
But Rodrigues? neighborhood no longer exists.
By afternoon ? any evidence of the homeless camp was gone. The sidewalk was scoured and cleaned. The fence once used to secure homeless tents was taken down.
Dozens of homeless campers are adjusting to new campsites elsewhere.