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
The TV news was chirping away the other night about how the Big Island’s mayor has created “the state’s only safe zone for homeless campers.” That’s totally ridiculous, of course. The enormous squatter colony at the Waianae Boat Harbor on Oahu has been a safe zone for a decade or more and is at least … More Chronic denial over ‘safe zones’ in Hawaii
It’s a good thing these particular igloos don’t melt, or they would be long gone by now. A local church’s plan to house homeless people in white fiberglass domes from Alaska that resemble igloos has been kicked around for more than a year, but seems to finally be gaining some traction. It sounds kind of … More Igloos-for-homeless plan finally thawing out
You’d never know there was an emergency. It turns out that the fabulous new “state-of-the-art” homeless center that the mayor announced more than one year ago is still nowhere near opening, won’t be until some time NEXT YEAR, and that the whole concept has now shifted dramatically while nobody was looking. The facility in Iwilei … More Fabulous Iwilei center for homeless still stuck in planning stage
After being closed off for a month for renovations that don’t seem to have occurred, Kamamalu Playground is scheduled to re-open on September 5. The closure evicted the large contingent of drug bums that had seized control of the restroom structure and surrounding area, and prevented a mass migration there by a similar colony that … More Will Kamamalu Playground regress to Bum Central yet again?
The ban on sitting and lying across sidewalks in Iwilei has been expanded to include Pacific Street but there’s still no word on the $6.3 million “state-of-the-art homeless center” that’s supposed to open some day just a block away. It has now been a year and three months since the mayor announced plans for the … More Sidewalk squatter ban expanded but new center for homeless still a big mystery
In the midst of Honolulu’s devastating homelessness crisis, the city government is poorly managing a housing subsidy program for the needy and failing to reach out to landlords to make more affordable rental housing available, according to a new audit. The Civil Beat website has a good report on the audit. Some excerpts: “The audit … More City bungling housing assistance program
It looks like authorities may finally be getting serious about clearing the drug bums, hookers, and squatters out of poor Kamamalu Playground near Royal Elementary School. They’ve removed the entrenched colony from the restroom building and encircled it with one of those orange temporary fences. That’s pretty smart, because before they just hosed it down … More Kamamalu drug bums FINALLY evicted?
So it turns out that the Easter Bunny is not the authority in charge of law enforcement at Blaisdell Park and along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, which have been totally out of control and overrun by squatters and meth heads for years and years and years. The city is actually responsible for a city … More Failed government FINALLY to address deplorable Aiea bike path mess
The Honolulu City Council is kicking around a proposal to create a new city agency with armed rangers to enforce laws in city parks. That may sound nice and reasonable, but we already have armed police officers who can do the same thing. The problem is that they too often don’t bother. Cops have a … More How hard can it really be to enforce laws in parks?