To the Forum:Might be houseless but not homeless
Living here on the
for the past 30 years –
working and renting, working and
contributing to the community faithfully.
Renting from the landowners,
they’re gone for much of the
Staying after ‘Iwa and ‘Iniki to rebuild, watching the island
change from the past to the present. To anyone who has lived here from then to
now. I need not elaborate. What a change!
I and my wife, not to mention
many others, have become houseless (not homeless) in recent months. I still
work almost every day and have ample funds for shelter. Where? A shack for up
to $400 p/m, a studio for up to $800 p/m, a house from $100p/m and up! Or how
about a vacation rental rates $30p/nite to $400p/nite!! Thank you but
We decided to stick it out, save some money and camp. Where? We
obtained County permits which allow 60 days per year. After that is spent we
tried to set up and break down daily wherever else we could find, luckily we do
not have children but others in similar circumstances do.
Try it. Leave
your house, go find a place to stay from night to night – you still got to get
up, break down, stash your meager yet vital belongings in the bushes and go to
Every day more and more people tell me they’re being evicted or
worried about the prospect. Mostly because the owners are switching to means of
increased profit – i.e. VACATION RENTAL!.
Gee, look at the advantage. No
long term renters, no pets, no kids, no familiarity, just charge more money to
clean up the mess. What’s going to happen when the homeless (people who
contribute to this community) are multiplied? Not in my back yard, no homeless
here, and not on the beach, what will tourists think?
Not off the road, not
in the bush nor trees, not on the beach, not in the neighborhood – not the
business area, residential, agricultural or state land, not in any zoning, not
in the ocean unless you have a yacht in the bay.
What is this beautiful
island of so much aloha (?) to do with this minute problem? Give these poor
unfortunates a camping ticket, fund the system, turn them over, “no place to
stay, you’re out!” Where? Institutions, jails. Some have lived here all their
Some of the local youth have learned to violate mutual respect.
Boys, and some girls, from teenage to early 20s with lost values check out camp
sites and steal – tents, sleeping bags, audio, cameras, personal items, IDs and
medication, whatever. Some have befriended people only to turn and rob. In
their words and thoughts the houseless are “trolls.” To them these humans do
not have a right to a peaceful night’s sleep. A god given right!
writing this I see the Police arrive, drive past the illegally parked cars
inside the county grounds and head to one pair of drying pants hung in the sun.
“The Mayor doesn’t like such things hanging. Looks bad” we’re told.
the positive engagements that the police could be doing in the community the
laundry receives the attention.
I could say “just leave the sleeping dogs
lay” but with all the grace that is granted each of us should not leave us hard
hearted and stiff necked. Where is the aloha that brings all of us