More squatter camps for Oahu?

Gubernatorial challenger Colleen Hanabusa fired away at incumbent Governor David Ige yesterday for his lack of strong and visible leadership on homelessness and other issues, adding that she supports the establishment of “safe zones” where homeless people would be allowed to camp. That sounds like she would legalize the huge decade-old illegal squatter camp near … More More squatter camps for Oahu?

State response to Waianae squatter camp: Incompetence and blatant censorship

Meanwhile, in the State of the Surreal, the fumbling Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources recently denied a film crew’s application for a permit to access the huge Waianae Boat Harbor squatter camp to interview its residents for a CNN program — based on “the possibility of suggesting that the State is okay with … More State response to Waianae squatter camp: Incompetence and blatant censorship

How many vicious or abused dogs in Honolulu homeless camps? And will the next ‘Point in Time’ count mean anything?

Officials and service provider contractors are gearing up for the annual “Point in Time” count of Oahu’s homeless population in January and are mulling the idea of counting pets along with people. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt, but do we really expect any surprises?  Plenty of homeless people keep pets, mostly dogs, for companionship, protection, … More How many vicious or abused dogs in Honolulu homeless camps? And will the next ‘Point in Time’ count mean anything?

Squatters invade cemetery, threaten news crew with knife! State vows to send in . . . outreach workers.

Nothing says “weak and feeble” like a flimsy and clueless response to threats of armed violence. But that’s what we’re getting in response to the trashing of a Pearl City cemetery by illegal squatters, one of whom ordered a local news crew to leave and threatened them with a knife to make his point — … More Squatters invade cemetery, threaten news crew with knife! State vows to send in . . . outreach workers.

Honolulu skips ‘World Toilet Day’

In a commendable effort to prevent disease and promote basic sanitation in the developing world, the United Nations and World Health Organization marked this past Sunday as “World Toilet Day” to promote use of the venerable “crapper.” But here in the devolving world, the day went completely unnoticed. That’s a shame.  Although it’s totally understandable … More Honolulu skips ‘World Toilet Day’

Yet another exasperating media fail on Oahu homeless

It’s really hard to understand why this story is even in the newspaper. There’s nothing new.  No news.  Just government officials who are tasked with addressing this island’s debilitating homelessness crisis insisting that they are doing a good job, despite all the obvious evidence to the contrary. It’s even harder to understand why the story … More Yet another exasperating media fail on Oahu homeless

Civil Beat pushes fake news on Waianae squatter camp

Look closely at the headlines that appear above a November 6, 2017, article on Civil Beat.  The first one is totally false.  The second one is too, and is also foolish and patronizing. As the article itself makes clear, there are actually plenty of water sources remaining at the Waianae Boat Harbor.  They are just … More Civil Beat pushes fake news on Waianae squatter camp

Sidewalk Sprawling Ban Stumbles Down

To nobody’s particular surprise, the City Council has immediately shelved its own controversial proposal to ban sitting or lying on public sidewalks during business hours throughout the entire island. Although the ban is arguably necessary in some neighborhoods where filthy drunks and others in need of serious intervention sprawl across public sidewalks and endanger themselves … More Sidewalk Sprawling Ban Stumbles Down

Waianae squatter camp is a model of government neglect and indifference

I really have to hand it to the residents of the huge Waianae Boat Harbor squatter camp.  They’ve managed to carve some sense of order out of wilderness and live rent-free on state land for years, taking full advantage of the harbor’s water supply and rubbish collection service while government officials totally abdicate their responsibility … More Waianae squatter camp is a model of government neglect and indifference