I’ve just about given up on this blog because nobody seems to be serious about addressing this island’s homelessness crisis. It’s just more talk, deflecting blame, playing political games, and running around in circles.
But I will be very interested to see the new independent documentary film called “No room in paradise,” which will premiere tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19, 2016) on KGMB at 8 p.m.
According to an article in Sunday’s newspaper, the film takes an in-depth look at Honolulu’s growing homelessness crisis and some of its causes and casualties. It’s about time.
According to one of the filmmakers interviewed by the newspaper, elected officials “are fully aware of the issue and they are committed to doing something about it.” That’s pretty hard to believe. Some of these same officials are the ones who let this problem get so out of control in the first place, so forgive me if I don’t clap for them.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see if the film takes an honest look at how drug abuse affects homelessness. Yes, it’s true that not all homeless people are druggies. But quite a few of the real hardcore ones are, and we need to be honest about that because it’s really no secret to anybody with their eyes open.
According to the newspaper, the film debunks many myths about Oahu’s homeless, such as that many of them are from the mainland or Micronesia. That will be interesting. Mainlanders and Micronesians are no doubt a small percentage of the total number of homeless, but they sure stand out in certain locations like Waikiki for mainlanders and Kakaako for Micronesians.
While I see some action being taken here and there, I don’t see much new affordable housing being built anywhere.
Anyway, anybody who cares about this whole mess should watch the film and think about it.
In addition to the first show tomorrow, the 90-minute film will air on October 30 at 7 p.m. on KHNL; on November 5 at 8:30 p.m. on KGMB; and on November 13 at 8 p.m. on KHNL.