It’s been nearly a year since tourism officials funded a plan to tackle Waikīkī’s homeless problem. Now they’re looking to expand the model to neighbor islands, starting first on Maui. HPR’s Molly Solomon has an update.
The first partial sweep of the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment will take place the day after Labor Day. Mayor Kirk Caldwell says notices will be given to people living there next Monday—telling them to leave. The area is a small portion of the Kaka‘ako Waterfront where about 20 to 25 people are living. Earlier this week, city officials announced 28 people had been moved from the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment into shelters.
A Maui nonprofit wants to build a state-of-the-art campground facility that can be used by both recreational and homeless campers, but neighbors think it's a bad idea. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.
The Ho'omoana Foundation wants to build the facility on two acres of private land in West Maui. Initially, the camp would have eight pods--sites with space for a tent and picnic table. If the project is successful, it could be expanded to accommodate a total of 26 pods, or 80 campers.