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?
Squatters who constantly dump buckets of human shit into canals and storm drains “may be” fouling recreational waters off popular Oahu beaches, according to a recent article. Really, the only thing less surprising is that authorities can’t seem to figure out whether they should warn people about the filthy conditions, let alone take action to … More Disgusting dumping of human waste
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?
This mayoral election race has been a big disappointment. It could have been a real opportunity to get Honolulu focused on solving, or at least managing much better, the enormous homelessness crisis that is producing so much misery and wrecking the quality of life for so many. Instead, the issue has been exploited for petty … More Hold your nose and vote
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?
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
“No Room in Paradise,” the special documentary film that aired last night, did a fine and unflinching job of explaining the crushing homelessness crisis that this community faces and some of its main causes. It was much more candid than a recent newspaper article had led me to believe, and only pulled punches or otherwise … More ‘No Room in Paradise’ is a must-see
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 two tropical storms now bearing down on Oahu underscore the foolishness of allowing vagrants to construct illegal dwellings in flood zones and even return to the exact same places that were flooded out by a storm not long ago. If they do anything at all, authorities will simply offer the squatters free rides to … More Storms of stupidity over squatters
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