It didn't take long for the homeless to move back to the parks in Moiliili, just hours after the city completed an overnight sweep of Moiliili Park and Old Stadium Park.
"I couldn't believe it, it's beautiful again," said Mark Litchman, who was walking home past Old Stadium Park.
It was a similar reaction from many Moiliili residents Wednesday morning. David Ichinose was particularly happy to take his weekly walk by Old Stadium Park. The numerous homeless tents that usually dot South King street Wednesday were gone.
"I just walk by across the street, but this morning, they're not here, so I'm walking on this side," Ichinose said.
Tuesday night, the police moved the homeless out so city crews could pressure wash the sidewalks and also encourage the homeless to seek help at a shelter. But only three campers opted to leave. The rest spent the night across the street. At daybreak, Jet Novak was already busy moving her belongings back to Moiliili Park.
"We hoard stuff. I hoard stuff because when things get taken from you, over and over, you want to make sure you have shampoo or hangers," said Novak.
The homeless here said they're a tight knit group that look out for each other and prefer the sidewalks over a shelter.
"The shelters are bug infested and it's run like jail," said Novak, who said she's been living on the street for a year.
And although residents are happy to have the sidewalks back, they know it's only temporary.
"Tomorrow, they'll be back on this side," said Ichinose. "So, what's the answer?"