Honolulu has two new laws to stop the homeless from blocking sidewalks but do not expect an immediate impact.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed two new measures addressing obstructing and lodging on sidewalks. 

Enforcement is the issue.

The City Council is first requiring reports that outline access to homeless services and housing within Oahu's nine districts.

"We'll do these, continue to do them every time the council requests. But actually taking action and opening up the sidewalks, I don't see the reason for it," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. 

The ACLU opposes the bills and says they criminalize the homeless.

Under the obstruction bill, the sidewalk cannot be blocked from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Violators may be subjected to a $100 fine upon approval.
Under the lodging bill, anyone caught sleeping on a sidewalk could face jail time.