Illegal occupants of former Uncle Billy hotel in Hilo Bay evacuated ahead of sweep
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Officers from three law enforcement personnel conducted a sweep of the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay hotel on Wednesday, April 28.
All 146 rooms were empty, however, there was evidence that many rooms had been recently occupied. Garbage, clothes and bedding were strewn everywhere.
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The interior of the hotel is considered a danger to public health. It is under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Land Division, which is in the process of soliciting the interest of developers to renovate salvageable buildings on the property and demolish those that are beyond repair.
State officials believe that people who lived in the hotel had been informed that law enforcement would come to abduct it. A private security company is hired to provide 24 hour security. The DLNR is also considering placing permanent barriers until a new lease is issued.
Homeless people have already been found living on the property.