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

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