Residents at Mayor Wright public housing complex will soon see new security measures following recent violence.
Last Friday, a fight escalated into a stabbing that left one dead, and three wounded, one critically. It was the second fatal stabbing at the complex in five months.
Some residents said Thursday they are afraid.
"Oh very much, very much. We had a lot of killings here so far. It's in the news all the time. So find out what the new director has to offer us," said resident Maryann Ricarte.
Hakim Ouansafi, director of The Hawaii Public Housing Authority, told residents new fences will be installed to make sure visitors check in at approved entrances. Security cameras will be installed. A curfew will be imposed for visitors and parking in the complex will be limited to residents only.
"The purpose of everything we're doing is to make sure that our keiki our elderly are safe and you can actually walk feel that you can walk safely," Ouansafi said.
Some residents said the new security rules might go too far.
"I think that's unnecessary to me because people shouldn't be treated like prisoners," commented one resident.
And some made the point most residents are good, friendly people.
"It's just different people who make the community look bad. It's not everybody should get punished for someone elses actions. Why make it hard for the rest of us?" said resident Tiara Thomas.
The director also said the individual buildings will be given names rather than numbered, which he said gives the complex the feel of a cell block.