Homeless numbers rise at Keaau Beach

Homeless numbers rise at Keaau Beach

There are 228 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 28, 2008, titled Homeless numbers rise at Keaau Beach. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

About six months ago, Clarence Husemann gave up a $900 rental unit and built his own version of paradise at Keaau Beach Park, north of Makaha.

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taxpayer

United States

#1 Jul 28, 2008
Get a Job!

Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jul 28, 2008
Close one and everyone just moves "somewhere else".

It's only going to get worse - perhaps "closing beaches" isn't the answer....?!

DAs.
RODNEY

Whittier, CA

#3 Jul 28, 2008
Nice Guy. I know where to go if I become homeless. "Go
to Wainae"
Richard Richardson

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 28, 2008
Anyone who has been renting housing on Oahu for less than 30 days at a time has been breaking the law unless they have a nonconforming use certificate and NO SUCH CERTIFICATES HAVE BEEN ISSUED SINCE 1990. If the State seized the many houses that have been operating as illegal hotels they could quickly put an end to the homeless problem. Not only would it suddenly make the price of rentals affordable, the seized housing could be used as homeless shelters and return shelter that has been stolen from local folks.
Notice

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Jul 28, 2008
Angell wrote:
Close one and everyone just moves "somewhere else".
It's only going to get worse - perhaps "closing beaches" isn't the answer....?!
DAs.
Yep, close one beach they'll move to another and another and another.... Endless chase until this Country we call so proudly "Its the best" do something to assist the small paradise otherwise we're going to have homeless say "Hawaii is the best!" to become homeless (No snow and the weather aren't cold as the mainland)

So....other then by word, wondering if state will do something.
yama

Little Rock, AR

#7 Jul 28, 2008
One more statistic please...how many are from the mainland? I'd like to know what we're up against.
KrisC

AOL

#8 Jul 28, 2008
Dwellings stand empty nearly year round that are owned by people who live elsewhere in places like Hawai'i and Florida. Regular people who have always lived here can't afford these homes and so, have to live primitively, the way they used to live, only there is a problem now with drugs and throwaway trash. Nothing is going to change. The crowds will just get bigger.
Kimo

United States

#9 Jul 28, 2008
A friend of mine that worked at a veteran's hospital told me that some homeless Veterans were sent to Hawaii from the east coast. Hospitals bought the Vets airline tickets and put them on planes for Hawaii.
Seems like a common problem with cities that have moderate climates.
bumbuchaMusubi

Sacramento, CA

#10 Jul 28, 2008
Government and it's so called "leaders" have to tackle this issue now, otherwise, there is only going to be further deterioration. Which leader will step forward and display some courage on this?
Jollibee

Bentonville, AR

#11 Jul 28, 2008
Kimo wrote:
A friend of mine that worked at a veteran's hospital told me that some homeless Veterans were sent to Hawaii from the east coast. Hospitals bought the Vets airline tickets and put them on planes for Hawaii.
Seems like a common problem with cities that have
moderate climates.
Well, they should be sent back to where they come from!!Why in Hawaii? Maybe because they do not have to freeze in winter time? Or Welfare program is so generous to support them? Bottom line is always the tax payer money to keep them alive.. God Bless America!!!
kls

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 28, 2008
Angell wrote:
Close one and everyone just moves "somewhere else".
It's only going to get worse - perhaps "closing beaches" isn't the answer....?!
DAs.
you are right! give them a choice, get out, fine them, jail them, harass them until the word gets out that hawaii is NOT the homeless mecca
of the world; do whatever it takes to get rid of this vermin, put them on a matson float to the middle of the sea
i know threaten them with "no job" no money, they are cockroaches and must be dealt with accordingly
gotc

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jul 28, 2008
The majority of these homeless are from the mainland or polynesia. Check it out... get a job. Clean the street parks, highways and schools. No education well .. what did you think when you came to Hawaii? Aloha for everyone. Many of us work 2 - 4 jobs. We make it. It's the kids that suffer. Dumb parents. Pick your self up an do something about it.
It's very fustrating for us who lived our entire lives supporting all this lazy people. A few elderly that's understandable the rest send them back........ close the gates. Freedom .. well you experiece freedom an live of the rest of the hard working people in Hawaii. Go home..
Local Afar

Mölndal, Sweden

#14 Jul 28, 2008
Couldn't it be up to the voters of Waianae? Maybe they would be willing to accept people living for awhile on one of the more remote and unused beaches there.

The article suggests that over a hundred homeless adults, plus kids, are getting along and not menacing others. Otherwise, what would the cost of housing them be?

Waianae could forbid shacks. Tents only. Have a place for trash pickup, set out latrine rules, and if it gets messy or rowdy, it's done. Waianae could also be compensated for allowing it in the amount that Social Services would save.

Nah. I know. Lawsuits. Thousands of people descending on Waianae. Oh well.
Jojo

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jul 28, 2008
Where will the people go if they close the parks at night?
Jojo
Thomas

United States

#16 Jul 28, 2008
If I had to be homeless , Hawaii would be the place I'd want to be ! when rents go up ! So does homelessness ! I rather be homeless in Honolulu than a crime infested hell hole like New York City !
Jojo

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jul 28, 2008
If you're homeless...better to live in Hawai'i than in
Chicago right?
Jojo
Jojo

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jul 28, 2008
Do any of the homeless surf or dive for fish?
Jojo
waianaeguy

Waipahu, HI

#19 Jul 28, 2008
As a lifelone resident of Waianae, I no longer enjoy the freedom to walk the sandy seashore at night as I did when I was a child. The last time I ventured onto the beach at night I was accosted by a homeless person who tried to rob me of my wallet.

I feel sorry for their plight but find allowing the homeless to live on the beach without the rule of law invites anarchy and crime.

The State and City are trying to create shelters and opportunities for them to find shelter elsewhere.

It is time for them to go off of the public beaches! Taxpayers obey the rules and so should the homeless.
Concerned

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jul 28, 2008
Where are the political represenatives
on the Leeward Coast, would they come to the forefront of this problem if the homeless were registered voters. No mater what the answer is the tax payers will foot the bill, the largest majority of these homeless people are shameless bum's.
Hanalei

Midway City, CA

#21 Jul 28, 2008
Put the s.o.b's on a plane and send them back from where they came from and let that state take care of them.

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