Tons of trash and debris from squatter encampments along canals and under the airport viaduct flooded into Keehi Lagoon on Sunday night with the heavy rain from Tropical Storm Darby.
This kind of thing has been going on for quite some time.
Two large and intact squatter shacks even floated all the way down to the beach. Authorities “don’t have the resources” to clean up the mess, so local canoe clubs are pitching in the best they can.
This situation is unacceptable and it underscores the pathetic lack of leadership that Honolulu is suffering from.
It also shows how dangerous it is for the squatters themselves when authorities turn a blind eye and allow them to construct elaborate shelters in places that are prone to flooding and are often in fact natural drainage ways.
It’s also very, very unsanitary because all the shit and piss from those encampments goes right into the water every day, along with cooking waste, piles of trash, and who knows what else.
It is no longer hyperbole to say that Honolulu is degenerating into Third World living conditions.
And that is truly tragic.