posted on Sep, 11 2014 @ 01:15 AM
The homeless in Honolulu and many other areas of the island are a huge problem. They are not like the homeless community I was familiar with in areas
on the mainland. As Snarl said, they are destructive, often violent and I'm sorry but filthy. When you walk down most sidewalks in many areas of
Honolulu you must often walk into the street because they have set up camp with truckloads of belongings, LOTS of (stolen) shopping carts, makeshift
shelters and bags and bags of rubbish. Many times I've seen mice, rats, roaches and the like infested in the belongings that are just everywhere.
They literally just pee anywhere they please and defecate right along the public walkways as well. It is a truly filthy town. They have no respect for
property either and yes, often act like they own the place. Drug use like meth (ice) is rampant and often fuels attacks on other homeless people,
passersby, people who confront someone peeing right next to the picnic table they are eating at, anybody really. Certain public parks at times are
filled with people camped out with enough belongings to fill a small apartment.
Don't get me wrong, there are also a lot of good people just down on their luck. Those are the people who take advantage of the many shelters,
programs and services that are readily available. If you really don't want to be homeless you can make it happen here moreso than other areas I've
volunteered at. Sadly, for so many here it has become a chosen way of life.
I just wish that they could realize that if they really want to live a free lifestyle such as homelessness, they could do it by not having piles of
trash and dangerous stuff laying all around, using the multitude of free toilet/shower houses at most every beach (all beaches are public) and not
roaming around tweeking balls and causing trouble including violence.
The area I live in has tent cities. They are dangerous, filthy and violent. The smell of human waste is horrendous near them and you can literally see
people relieving themselves almost every time you drive by if you are looking in that direction. At the same time there are 6 public shower houses in
the immediate vicinity, each of which offer at least 4 toilets, water spigots and multi head showers - all free and there is usually toilet paper and
electricity. 3 I know are never closed and the others only sometimes are locked up. If they didn't want to be jerks and pee and poop all over the
place and in front of everyone they could easily take care of their needs there - for free.
I will have to admit it felt safer and didn't look as bad before, when they were more spread out and mostly in the area of town that was undeveloped.
The biggest one is pretty much across the street from 2 homeless shelters and another facility that offers aid. Both shelters have vacancies. Many
people refuse to relocate to the shelters because of the zero alcohol and drug policies. It feels hopeless.
The Sand Area location looks like a good idea. I've been in that area and although it wouldn't be my ideal location for a weekend camping trip it
would be great for this project.