It started a few years ago with a couple lost souls and down-and-outers seeking refuge along the shoreline, some of them posing as fishermen to avoid scrutiny.
Since then, the squatter camp at Neal S. Blaisdell Park in Aiea has become a full-blown tent city. And that’s just the part that’s easily seen.
It can’t be missed by anyone who visits the park or uses the Pearl Harbor Bike Path.
But Government officials seem content to just pretend it’s not there.
There have been some outreach efforts, but they obviously have not been enough.
In the meantime, picnic pavilions have been seized as a dwelling area and shopping carts and piles of junk are permanently parked around the grubby comfort station.
Decent park exercise equipment goes unused.
And in more secluded locations along the bike path, it’s downright scary.
And, of course, the city can’t or won’t even do anything about the out-of-control potholes on the road into the park. It’s just a mess.
Is anyone in charge? Is this destined to be the new normal for Honolulu?