Should they just tear down the palace too?

The Civil Beat news site has an interesting article today about poor Kamalii Park in downtown Honolulu, which has been overrun by bums and druggies for a long, long time. The article also discusses nearby Kamamalu Playground, which has long suffered from similar issues. Authorities and volunteers have been working hard to clean up the … More Should they just tear down the palace too?

Back to routine neglect of homelessness and squalor?

Okay, the mayor got himself reelected.  I supported him. Will he get back to work now or will he slip into a post-victory coma? Will he keep pushing for action and solutions to homelessness, or will he relapse into the chronic neglect and routine complacency that got us into this mess in the first place? … More Back to routine neglect of homelessness and squalor?

Is Mayor Caldwell exploiting the homeless for election publicity?

I’m glad Honolulu is finally making some progress in getting more homeless people into shelters and real housing. And I’m glad Uncle Clay, the longtime Waikiki beach boy who became homeless and has since become something of a “poster child” for the city’s efforts, is one of the people who’s been moved off the street. … More Is Mayor Caldwell exploiting the homeless for election publicity?

Homeless mess still wrecking Kakaako

The squatter encampments and related activities around Kakaako Waterfront Park and nearby streets continue to take their toll on the Children’s Discovery Center. Not only that, but vagrants have vandalized light poles to illegally tap into electricity wires, putting children and other park-users at risk. It’s outrageous that authorities ever let these problems get so … More Homeless mess still wrecking Kakaako

Special program on homelessness to air

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 … More Special program on homelessness to air

The great Hawaii Kai homeless panic

Okay, it’s easy to mock wealthy neighborhoods that express alarm about ne’er-do-wells being sighted in comfortable and privileged enclaves. The newspaper reported that a few down-and-outers have been spotted in Hawaii Kai, along with some busted up furniture and other indications that there may be a few more lurking in the underbrush. Elected officials are … More The great Hawaii Kai homeless panic