Fabulous Iwilei center for homeless still stuck in planning stage

You’d never know there was an emergency. It turns out that the fabulous new “state-of-the-art” homeless center that the mayor announced more than one year ago is still nowhere near opening, won’t be until some time NEXT YEAR, and that the whole concept has now shifted dramatically while nobody was looking. The facility in Iwilei … More Fabulous Iwilei center for homeless still stuck in planning stage

Will Kamamalu Playground regress to Bum Central yet again?

After being closed off for a month for renovations that don’t seem to have occurred, Kamamalu Playground is scheduled to re-open on September 5. The closure evicted the large contingent of drug bums that had seized control of the restroom structure and surrounding area, and prevented a mass migration there by a similar colony that … More Will Kamamalu Playground regress to Bum Central yet again?

Sidewalk squatter ban expanded but new center for homeless still a big mystery

The ban on sitting and lying across sidewalks in Iwilei has been expanded to include Pacific Street but there’s still no word on the $6.3 million “state-of-the-art homeless center” that’s supposed to open some day just a block away. It has now been a year and three months since the mayor announced plans for the … More Sidewalk squatter ban expanded but new center for homeless still a big mystery

City bungling housing assistance program

In the midst of Honolulu’s devastating homelessness crisis, the city government is poorly managing a housing subsidy program for the needy and failing to reach out to landlords to make more affordable rental housing available, according to a new audit. The Civil Beat website has a good report on the audit.  Some excerpts: “The audit … More City bungling housing assistance program

Kamamalu drug bums FINALLY evicted?

It looks like authorities may finally be getting serious about clearing the drug bums, hookers, and squatters out of poor Kamamalu Playground near Royal Elementary School. They’ve removed the entrenched colony from the restroom building and encircled it with one of those orange temporary fences.  That’s pretty smart, because before they just hosed it down … More Kamamalu drug bums FINALLY evicted?

Failed government FINALLY to address deplorable Aiea bike path mess

So it turns out that the Easter Bunny is not the authority in charge of law enforcement at Blaisdell Park and along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, which have been totally out of control and overrun by squatters and meth heads for years and years and years. The city is actually responsible for a city … More Failed government FINALLY to address deplorable Aiea bike path mess

How hard can it really be to enforce laws in parks?

The Honolulu City Council is kicking around a proposal to create a new city agency with armed rangers to enforce laws in city parks. That may sound nice and reasonable, but we already have armed police officers who can do the same thing.  The problem is that they too often don’t bother. Cops have a … More How hard can it really be to enforce laws in parks?

Will vehicular squatters outfox cops?

The homeless vehicle dwellers parked along Beretania Street near the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili haven’t budged since cops finally figured out that they could issue tickets for illegal camping in vehicles, and the question now is whether anything will be done about it. Will authorities engage the campers and explain to them that their … More Will vehicular squatters outfox cops?