The good news is that the City and County of Honolulu has finally opened a new housing complex on the Waianae Coast for formerly homeless people — after nearly three years of stumbling around. It’s across the street from Waianae High School, and just up the road from the massive illegal squatter camp beside the … More So what’s up with Waianae homeless mess?
Did Governor Ige capitulate and call off a “sweep” of the Waianae Boat Harbor squatter encampment? Or did he merely explain that no “sweep” had ever been planned, despite what Civil Beat has been shrieking? It’s a little hard to tell, especially since the governor’s office is not commenting publicly. But the latter interpretation sure … More *UPDATE BELOW* Waianae squatter ‘sweep’ averted? Or just more fake news from Civil Beat?
To nobody’s particular surprise, the State of Hawaii is talking about finally moving squatters out of the huge illegal encampment beside the Waianae Boat Harbor. This comes in an election year, and after a recent rash of media accounts. But is the state really planning a “sweep?” There’s no real generally accepted definition of the … More More Waianae squatter camp drama
Yes, it sounds very far-fetched, and it probably won’t happen. But let’s think about it. The field of candidates varies from lackluster to putrid. There’s an enormous homelessness crisis that none of them seem to have a real grasp on. We need leadership, experience, and dedication. Mostly leadership. Immediately. Twinkle Borge, the dictator-by-consent of the … More Twinkle Borge for governor!
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