Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Shame on Hawaii II

The article Shame on Hawaii described how Honolulu evicted 200 people from Ala Moana Park. It turns out that the removal was timed to allow a festival to take place.

As predicted, the City is not allowing them back. The Honolulu Advertiser reports that "The city has decided to extend the night closures at Ala Moana Park at least through mid- to late June."

The shame part is that in the interim, no arrangements have been made for the families, which of course include many children. All of them have been separated from the social services that might have helped them regain permanent shelter. Some can make use of job training as well, but in Hawaii many homeless have jobs, though the income isn't enough to pay soaring rents.

So Shame on Hawaii Again.


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