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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Humble, TX

#229 Aug 21, 2008
Love Waianae wrote:
The people that have taken over the parks and beaches aren't there because of some "very rich land owner," most are there because they CHOOSE to suck on an ice pipe instead of work, drink beer all day instead of taking care of their family, and place their own selves above their community, including their own relatives that want nothing further to do with them. They enjoy sucking off the system, no doubt about it. I see it every day, they laugh and joke about reaming the taxpayers.
that may be some of the problem,,but that is the problem everywhere,,, I think that people go over to the islands looking for a beautiful place to be to live, to raise there children,,,I feel that when they go they should be ready to follow the law just as they would have to anywhere else,,,I know that the fact is that most of the drug addicts that are on the Islands were born and raised there that is not outsiders that is a choice that peole make,,, I love Hawaii and hated to see the young people from the main land come and party,,,get high,,, litter,,, but when this happens they should be sent back home, and not aloud to be here,,drugs are a problem everywhere,,and the sooner we stop blaming and take action to protect ourselves,the better we will be,,, I welcome the honest, hard working people that come here, and anyone that rents houseing to a bunch of young people wanting to play on the beaches can be and should be weeded out,and sent back to where ever they came from. The beauty of the Islands is being exploited by people with money,,YES,, sooo someone the people need to remember who they are and take a stand against this abuse,,but the people that are coming and working and living life should not have to pay for the bad apples,
Rep Kalihi 81-2002

Honolulu, HI

#230 Aug 22, 2008
Here is a better explanation to why we have higher number of homeless than usual.

Mainland's weather are very harsh at times that most homeless would not survive. Therefore many homeless from across the Unite State were given a one way ticket to Hawaii, due to Hawaii's more weather.

If they send their homeless here they should atleast provide money to support them. Our State don't have the money to support our local homeless, let alone imported one.
Love Waianae

Ewa Beach, HI

#231 Aug 22, 2008
Rep Kalihi 81-2002 wrote:
Here is a better explanation to why we have higher number of homeless than usual.
Mainland's weather are very harsh at times that most homeless would not survive. Therefore many homeless from across the Unite State were given a one way ticket to Hawaii, due to Hawaii's more weather.
If they send their homeless here they should atleast provide money to support them. Our State don't have the money to support our local homeless, let alone imported one.
This issue has arisen a few times before, I remember Los Angeles, New Orleans, Baltimore, Washington DC, and a few more places that have been using the, "Ticket to Hawaii or jail" tactic in the courts. They always deny doing it but how can you outlaw it? I say make welfare much harder to obtain, but with do-gooder liberals running the show, we'll continue to scoop up the no-loads from everywhere because it's very profitable if you're connected to the right people.

Kapolei, HI

#232 Sep 26, 2008
Most of us will never be homeless because we did no assualt, steal, lie, disstory our family and friends stuff and so the will help us in hard times.
Crack Heads on the other hand should be handled in other ways.(Remember the movie)( They Shoot Horses don't They ) Well 95% fit in that group, the cops won't do anything because if they did you could cut the force by 1/2 in just a few years. They would not lose there jobs they would just end up becoming these (LOW LIFES KEEPERS) as gaurds. In no time there would be no drugs on the streets and crime would drop to less the 2% of the current number.

Kapolei, HI

#233 Sep 26, 2008
haumea wrote:
Readers should understand the history, demographics and underlying reality of "houselessness". Remember, majority of these houseless are Hawaiian and Hawai'i is their home.
There are many who are educated or skilled and run into hard times and lost jobs. And, the jobs out there, whether 2 or 3 could not pay for the rising costs of rentals or home prices.
You too can be a job away from houselessness.
Imagine commuting 4 hours for an $8/hour job and still not being able to afford rent. This is Hawai`i's reality. The build up of military homes (not for locals, including dog park and golf course) which can be seen off the freeway in Salt Lake or overpriced, luxury condos in Ward does not provide housing for the local population, especially the natives of the land, Hawaiians.
Educate yourselves and remember this land is occupied by the United States and the grim reality of colonization and capitalism is revealing its ugly head and the people of this land now suffer.
"After September 11, 2001, militarism and real estate boomed in Hawaii. Military expansion brought real estate speculation, and for the first time in Hawaii, a market for wealthy people looking to buy a second home. The combined increase in militarism and private land ownership have set housing prices beyond the reach of average workers who simply cannot afford rents that have doubled in just a few short years."
Malama Pono!
Souds like you are part of the problem here in Hawaii blame the other guy, I heard it all thru school out here. At first it was the filapino's then the whites then the japaness and the military did i miss anyone i'm sure i did. Can all you Hawaiian's that play the ( HAWAIIAN BLAME GAME ) tell the rest of us how to play to so we all can get hand-outs to. D+ Campbell and i have always paided the bill, but i don't use crack.

Salem, OR

#234 Oct 20, 2008
I think that all of the homelessness, whether it be Hawaii or the mainland is outta control!! I live in Oregon and we have them everywhere but our beaches, because it is too damn cold or I am sure they would be there too! The beaches in Oregon are still littered but at least you can walk on them safely and after dark for the most part. In the city is a way different story, the homeless are all over and I don't feel safe walking at night in town! They are on every street corner begging for money with a dog beside them and we have the same drug problems. I realize that many of us are just that close from being in the same situation and I do feel for them to a degree but what sets us apart is having the ability, necessary support and the drive to get another job. My grandparents were from Hawaii (20 years) back in the war days and we are coming back for my grandfathers funeral soon. This will be my first time to Hawaii and I am excited to see its beauty but I am disappointed to hear that the beaches are not so accessible due to this issue.
local girl

Honolulu, HI

#235 Jul 24, 2009
Jo Jordon is sounding like all those other non-profit providers. Not all has mental issues or are on drugs. Maybe it is the way the shelters are run that people don't want to stay there. Have you ever been in these peoples shoes. And I beg to differ about the way you make the homeless on keaau sound. I know it is not that bad. Personally I know that these shelters are not all that good. So before you people start knocking them walk in their shoes and find solutions that would actually work not a solution that will only cover up the problem.
island grl

Central City, NE

#236 Jan 6, 2011
i was born and raised in waianae and for all you that dnt kno shit should shut up i use to live there on keau beach and its not so much of get a JOB!!!!! its the rent and alot of other things i was on that beach for 1 year and im a single mom that doesnt do drugs its jus that the economy sucks there so i got my shit together and now live happy and wealthy in the state!!!!!! like a true hawaiian woukld say if you dont kno dont speak and mind you own buisness!!!

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