Chronic failure in Kakaako

Here we go again. Authorities miserably fail to enforce laws and take reasonable steps to ensure public safety amid worsening conditions that were entirely foreseeable, then impose draconian “solutions” and take public resources away from everyone after the situation spirals completely out of control due to their negligence, neglect, and incompetence. This time it’s Kakaako … More Chronic failure in Kakaako

Hawaiians stay homeless while authorities sit on millions

The newspaper has an interesting article today about the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands sitting on millions of dollars and producing no housing while thousands of Hawaiians remain on a waiting list for lots the agency is supposed to lease.  And the homeless population in Hawaii includes many Hawaiians, especially at squatter encampments like the … More Hawaiians stay homeless while authorities sit on millions

Another audit blasts city on homelessness

It’s been a pretty bleak week for Honolulu’s struggle with homelessness. First, the federal government found that the city’s structures for managing and spending federal grants for low-income housing and assistance services are a mess, causing the loss of more than $2 million in federal funding and putting $7.5 million more at serious risk. Now, … More Another audit blasts city on homelessness

Unfathomable city bungling costs millions for housing, puts services at risk

It’s so very, very hard to understand how the City and County of Honolulu has managed to lose more than $2 million in federal low-income housing funds and has put another $7.5 million for assistance programs at serious risk. How do you do that in the midst of the most crushing homelessness crisis Oahu has … More Unfathomable city bungling costs millions for housing, puts services at risk

More ‘safe zone’ follies in Kakaako

Officially, “safe zones” for homeless people to legally camp in tents and shacks don’t exist on Oahu. But we have them, of course, even if authorities don’t like to admit it. Besides the huge squatter camp next to the Waianae Boat Harbor mentioned previously, Kakaako Waterfront Park in downtown Honolulu is obviously a government-sanctioned safe … More More ‘safe zone’ follies in Kakaako

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