My angel at the bus stop fronting the Kapaa Neighborhood Center was arrested last Thursday, Nov. 2, for open lewdness for being exposed while cleansing her body under a tarp that had blown away. El Aina has lived at that bus stop the last 11 months.
She eats there, bathes there and discreetly performs her bodily functions there. After being arrested a water truck was there spraying and disinfecting the area at county expense.
I was happy for my friend after she was arrested I finally thought she would get the help she so desperately needs — however, now she is back at the bus stop after the minimum 48-hour incarceration period.
El Aina was sent to the hospital and medical professionals found nothing wrong with her besides diarrhea.
You can physically look at my friend and see her legs and feet are inflated like balloons, four to five times their normal size. She cannot even walk across the street to the Chinese restaurant on her own since her legs are in such pain.
Plus, anyone living at a bus stop needs help, in my opinion. This does not take a medical degree to diagnose her. These doctors should have their licenses revoked as far as I’m concerned. The judge released her without prejudice.
Political correctness will not improve the situation for this lovely angel.
If every homeless person decided to take residence at a bus stop, what would happen? Would the county still do nothing and say their hands are tied? That’s what they say when you call and talk with them.
I also guarantee that an attorney could find a technicality in the law to get her off the street and find her the help she so desperately needs. An attorney could probably also pursue a case against the County of Kauai should something happen to El Aina while occupying county property.
I rest my case.
James ‘Kimo’ Rosen is a resident of Kapaa.