150 will be evicted from airport area

Apr 10, 2009 Full story: Maui News

Approximately 150 homeless people who have set up camps near the Paia end of the main Kahului Airport runway will be evicted from the state-owned land in the next couple of months, officials said Thursday.

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Omega420

Santa Clara, CA

#1 Apr 11, 2009
i love to ride my bike, i do it almost everyday! and have lost over 40lbs because me it. but we all know the traffic is realy dangerous for like riders and and people who like to run. so the only place safe are on bike paths. and the best one used to be from Kanaha to Paia and runs behind the airport. it was realy nice it was like this calm path through the woods. there was a fence on one side but with the trees on both sides of the trail it was not that noticeable. and the trail was so peacefull! but 2 years ago the maui airport got this itch to spend money and expand. like we dont have enough people crammed on this island already, they think we need a bigger airport so even MORE people can come and jam up the streets and supermarket. so they used bull-dosers to rip the trees out of ground! then later they found that they had cleared the trees from off a native hawaiian burial ground! not to mention they made the bike trail ugly, now that there is no trees to block the airport. and what of the homeless? you cant even tell anyone lives out there. so now they are going to cut and burn another one of hawaii's natural beauties, and not to mention all the wildlife that calls the forest home will be destroyed! and why? just to get rid of the people who make homes in the woods?! and where will the people go who live there? they are there because they have no other place to go. and most of them will end up living worse lives than they had because they will be forced to live out of a backpack on the street because the shelters are so packed that there is a waiting list that is so long you have to wait weeks just for a bed for the night! so all they are doing is ruining peoples lives and destroying the land and her animals homes. so what if people live out there! just as long they keep it clean. but now our insensitive government is forcing 150 people out onto the streets. to sleep in the gutters and behind safeway! because even though they say they are helping the people there realy is no room in shelters.
Houseless on Maui

Santa Clara, CA

#2 Apr 11, 2009
First i want to say im amazed at how inhumane the people of hawaii treat us poor people! i live near the airport and know alot of the people out here. and yes some are messy but not me! and i dont drink, do drugs or anything to break the law. i keep to myself and stay out of sight. and up to a year ago had a job, though for someone like me a 10$ an hour job is still not enough to live indoors hell 20 dollars still might not be enough! so living outside is our only option. and until i can save enough money to buy some land i have to live here. but what i dont understand is if the homeless shelters are packed full where do we go? the newspaper says this is trespassing camping in the woods and so is sleeping on street, beaches, parks, parking lots and peoples back yard (not that i would ever do that, i respect others unlike most people on maui!) my point is that us homeless people HAVE to live someplace. and if everyplace is considered trespassing then wtf! where is your aloha? or do only rich people get that? this is persecution! years ago there was a time when people lived in the land and didnt have to worry getting kicked out of there homes because they are to poor. the land is not being used and its owned by the government which means by ALL of us. and there IS a serious problem with the system on how to help find places for EVERYONE who is homeless to live. you dont hear about single men getting homes built for them. try find out how hard it is to make it without help from family and friends. to loose your drivers license, birth certificate and other papers to a thief. then with no home address or phone. most of us hardly have any good skills to get a good paying job, and the ones that do have a wide range of problems that prevent them from even getting one. and if by some act of God they do get a job they are so deep in dept that they would never even be approved for the application for getting a place! and the shelters with all the rules and corruption make it hard for someone to get and keep a job. and in such high unemployment who would hire a homeless man over someone with an address? so what do we do? you cant get rid of the problem by making stable people leave the only place they know as home. you just make the problem worse! because now insted of working to save money to get out of this rut i fell into i will have to find someplace to sleep at night where its safe and im not trespassing! so now i will loose everything i worked to gain over the last 5 years because im poor and houseless! so much for aloha.
EarthChild

Santa Clara, CA

#3 Apr 13, 2009
wtf they mean car batteries? what like people don't have that in their cars? cars that leak oils and fluids like battery acid. and when they drive though mud puddles in the rain all that buildup enters the storm drain that btw is NOT filtered before it dumps into the ocean. and EVERYONE with a car is doing this right now! i use solar panels and car batteries to power my home and they are kept dry, clean and most importantly off the ground. they dont leak and when one goes bad i take it with me to buy a new one because i get a nice discount. so just because a homeless person has a car battery it dosent mean he is ruining the aina!

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