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 A model of government neglect and indifference

Time for some tough questions about Kakaako Debacle

So Kakaako Waterfront Park has now been closed to everyone because authorities let problems there get totally out of control, resulting in an estimated half million dollars in damage to park infrastructure. The newspaper reports today that “Between Tuesday and Sunday night, outreach workers placed 32 people into a shelter including families with children, according … More Time for some tough questions about Kakaako Debacle

So what really happened in the latest Kakaako fiasco?

It’s clear that meaningful enforcement to deter vandalism and other illegal activity somehow ended in Kakaako Waterfront Park several months ago, and that the result was that homeless campers and druggies broke open electric poles to steal the current and caused other damage that authorities say will cost half a million dollars to repair. But … More So what really happened in the latest Kakaako fiasco?

Neglect and bullshit won’t solve problems

The newspaper followed up today with an interesting story about the squalid situation at Kakaako Waterfront Park. Here’s the key portion: “The state Department of Public Safety, which oversees sheriff’s deputies, is charged with enforcing closure hours and other rules against illegal camping in Kakaako to ensure the homeless don’t return following periodic sweeps. Toni … More Neglect and bullshit won’t solve problems

Chronic failure in Kakaako

Here we go again. Authorities miserably fail to enforce laws and take reasonable steps to ensure public safety amid worsening conditions that were entirely foreseeable, then impose draconian “solutions” and take public resources away from everyone after the situation spirals completely out of control due to their negligence, neglect, and incompetence. This time it’s Kakaako … More Chronic failure in Kakaako

Hawaiians stay homeless while authorities sit on millions

The newspaper has an interesting article today about the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands sitting on millions of dollars and producing no housing while thousands of Hawaiians remain on a waiting list for lots the agency is supposed to lease.  And the homeless population in Hawaii includes many Hawaiians, especially at squatter encampments like the … More Hawaiians stay homeless while authorities sit on millions

Another audit blasts city on homelessness

It’s been a pretty bleak week for Honolulu’s struggle with homelessness. First, the federal government found that the city’s structures for managing and spending federal grants for low-income housing and assistance services are a mess, causing the loss of more than $2 million in federal funding and putting $7.5 million more at serious risk. Now, … More Another audit blasts city on homelessness

Unfathomable city bungling costs millions for housing, puts services at risk

It’s so very, very hard to understand how the City and County of Honolulu has managed to lose more than $2 million in federal low-income housing funds and has put another $7.5 million for assistance programs at serious risk. How do you do that in the midst of the most crushing homelessness crisis Oahu has … More Unfathomable city bungling costs millions for housing, puts services at risk

More ‘safe zone’ follies in Kakaako

Officially, “safe zones” for homeless people to legally camp in tents and shacks don’t exist on Oahu. But we have them, of course, even if authorities don’t like to admit it. Besides the huge squatter camp next to the Waianae Boat Harbor mentioned previously, Kakaako Waterfront Park in downtown Honolulu is obviously a government-sanctioned safe … More More ‘safe zone’ follies in Kakaako