There’s been a veritable binge of media attention to the sprawling Waianae Boat Harbor squatter camp over the past week, and yesterday a big group of the squatters trudged to the state capitol to argue that they should be allowed to remain or given free state land elsewhere. So is a “sweep” of the encampment … More ‘Sweep’ of Waianae squatter camp coming?
The “homeless youth” report released the other day made quite a splash and brought lots of attention to the many problems faced by young runaways and others. But much of what was described was more than a little misleading, and sometimes plain wrong. So everyone who really wants to learn about this subject should read … More Honolulu homeless youth hyperbole, Part II
Unfortunately, they’re also exploited by sensationalist media. The newspaper has quite the click-bait headline front-and-center on its website this morning. The story itself is a little different, and includes its own distortions. First of all, the story is based on a report “scheduled to be released” by some advocacy groups and the University of Hawaii. … More Homeless youth exploited in Hawaii
Here we go again. It seems like every decade or so another “searing” audit blasts the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for mismanagement and insider dealing while thousands of indigent Hawaiians remain neglected. A news account of the latest draft audit paints a picture of rampant misspending, favoritism, and secrecy, as OHA trustees indulge their royal … More Hawaiians ripped off again
Gubernatorial challenger Colleen Hanabusa fired away at incumbent Governor David Ige yesterday for his lack of strong and visible leadership on homelessness and other issues, adding that she supports the establishment of “safe zones” where homeless people would be allowed to camp. That sounds like she would legalize the huge decade-old illegal squatter camp near … More More squatter camps for Oahu?
Meanwhile, in the State of the Surreal, the fumbling Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources recently denied a film crew’s application for a permit to access the huge Waianae Boat Harbor squatter camp to interview its residents for a CNN program — based on “the possibility of suggesting that the State is okay with … More State response to Waianae squatter camp: Incompetence and blatant censorship
Officials and service provider contractors are gearing up for the annual “Point in Time” count of Oahu’s homeless population in January and are mulling the idea of counting pets along with people. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt, but do we really expect any surprises? Plenty of homeless people keep pets, mostly dogs, for companionship, protection, … More How many vicious or abused dogs in Honolulu homeless camps? And will the next ‘Point in Time’ count mean anything?
Nothing says “weak and feeble” like a flimsy and clueless response to threats of armed violence. But that’s what we’re getting in response to the trashing of a Pearl City cemetery by illegal squatters, one of whom ordered a local news crew to leave and threatened them with a knife to make his point — … More Squatters invade cemetery, threaten news crew with knife! State vows to send in . . . outreach workers.
In a commendable effort to prevent disease and promote basic sanitation in the developing world, the United Nations and World Health Organization marked this past Sunday as “World Toilet Day” to promote use of the venerable “crapper.” But here in the devolving world, the day went completely unnoticed. That’s a shame. Although it’s totally understandable … More Honolulu skips ‘World Toilet Day’
It’s really hard to understand why this story is even in the newspaper. There’s nothing new. No news. Just government officials who are tasked with addressing this island’s debilitating homelessness crisis insisting that they are doing a good job, despite all the obvious evidence to the contrary. It’s even harder to understand why the story … More Yet another exasperating media fail on Oahu homeless