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‘Voices of Kauai’ says more public housing needed

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 2:00 am

ANAHOLA — Campers at Anahola Beach Park were told to vacate or face arrest on Thursday.

Anahola Beach Park is divided by county park land to the north, and the state and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to the south and west. Whenever there is enforcement on one property, or to clear out for Thursday maintenance, the homeless groups simply dragged their tents to the section not being enforced that day.

That worked until the bulk of the long-term squatters were cleared out in a sweep late last year. Since then, around 25 people remain, according to Napuanani McKeague, founder of the Voices of Kauai network. The group includes two families with several children between them, and the rest are couples and individuals who say they are treated the same as the partiers and delinquents that frequent the area and cause trouble day and night stealing gas and leaving rubbish all over the site.

“We live a guilt by association life because we have to camp by a lot of these people,” she said.

McKeague said some people who left the site are actually just hiding nearby because they still need to be near the bus and restroom facilities. She said the only real answer would be for the state or the county to designate an area for the homeless to park and live with a bathroom and shower facility.

McKeague said Voices of Kauai has been working since 2006 to observe and report harassment and non-response to homeless complaints on Kauai. She was in Anahola on Thursday when four campsites were ordered to move.

“No one was arrested,” said Claire Collar, a Voices of Kauai member and one-time camp resident. “The land agents were very formal and polite and it was all handled very professionally and nice.”

The DHHL Kauai Land Agent Kaipo Duncan was present with four land management enforcement officers. A DHHL spokesperson said the campers were first-time offenders and told they were trespassing and given a verbal warning to break the tents down and clear the site by 4:30 p.m.

DHHL officers do not have arresting powers. They call police when they encounter repeat violators or when they have a confrontation with an individual.

The DHHL Congressional mandate since 1920 is to process lease applications for a 99-year homestead to people with 50 percent or more Native Hawaiian ethnicity. DHHL improves the infrastructure and maintains the roads, but does not build the homes.

There are three types of DHHL homesteads for 203,000 acres of managed land around the state. The residential leases and the Native Hawaiian pastoral lease land for livestock and agriculture are the first two, and the commercial leases to non-Hawaiians for projects like the Anahola Solar provide revenue to develop the homestead sites and roads.

The DHHL does not provide park lands, the spokesperson said. Camping on the land is not an option.

The problem is the homeless campers have nowhere to go, McKeague said. Some of them even have a HUD Section 8 certificates but can’t find a private owner who will take it.

“There is not enough public housing,” she said.

Voices of Kauai works to bring credibility to the working homeless and the families that have nowhere to go. Volunteer members listen to the stories of people who talk about being harassed by fellow campers or when the authorities don’t listen to their side of the story, she said.

The goal is to provide a unified voice on the condition of the homeless and present ideas on alternative camping sites or hushing if possible, she added.

Deborah Ward, information specialist for Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, said the DLNR had no involvement in the camping enforcement activities in Anahola on Thursday. She also said there is no work underway to identify a state-run homeless camping area on Kauai.

The nonprofit Kauai Economic Opportunity provides traditional housing programs including the Mana Olana overnight shelter. It also provides a care program with support services for the chronically homeless and those recovering from substance abuse issues.

McKeague complained that too many people are turned away from the shelters for lack of space.

Stephanie Fernandes, director for Homeless and Housing Programs at Kauai Economic Opportunity, said the Mana Olana overnight shelter was approved by the county to support 19 homeless people each night. There is a bay for single men and another for single women, and three rooms for families.

It is a first come, first serve opportunity at 5 p.m. with a meal and check out at 7 a.m., Fernandes said. Some nights they may only have 10 people and on other nights, they fill to capacity and must turn away people.

Not everyone uses the shelter. There are background checks, and persons with convictions of distributing or manufacturing dangerous drugs, or sex offenders are not allowed because of the nearby transitional family housing.

There could be room for more but the limits are based on expected water usage and the size of the septic system, Fernandes said. Others choose the services of the KEO Care-A-Van, which provides food, water and supply services with scheduled stops are spots around the island.

KEO transitional housing includes eight one-bedroom units, and eight two-bedroom units in two separate buildings. There is also a five-bedroom home for individual homeless in Puhi.

KEO owns a five-bedroom home in Kapaa for permanent housing. By the end of the year, Fernandes said KEO plans to complete renovations to two homes with three bedrooms each as transitional housing for large families.

The nonprofit KEO is certified to work with private landlords to administer HUD Section 8 rent subsidy for elderly and the disabled. It also manages a Shelter Plus program for severe mental illness and chronically homeless due to past substance abuse.

KEO is a member of the Kauai Community Alliance and the Continuum of Care Committee to address gaps in the care of the homeless. KEO is also a member of the rural island organization Bridging the Gap with a goal to end homelessness.

“We partner with a lot of volunteers in the community and value our volunteers,” Fernandes said.

• Tom LaVenture, staff writer, can be reached at 245-0424 or by emailing tlaventure@thegardenisland.com.

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  • kauai50angel posted at 12:19 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    kauai50angel Posts: 16

    I too have given to the people at 7-11 and Walmart parking lot street corners, yeah they don't always want food, a lot have addiction problems that need to be resolved so they want money for the booze or drug; your not going to please everyone; but your actions we worthy and I bet that guy at some point would have loved to eat the food. There is a huge drug problem on Kauai, but its not different than many other places in the world, it would be great if focus could shift to helping the many human needs from homelessness, to drugs and alcohol, its crazy we cant in the time in human existence all our resources resolves these things; imagine what kind of a world it would be if we did fix these basic human rights and needs now that would be paradise.

  • kauai50angel posted at 12:14 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2014.

    kauai50angel Posts: 16

    yes, I live to help others, the name was given by my parents not by self-or deeds. I so over the rage at mainlanders, when you go to the mainland you see that we are a mixed nation~ even Hawaiians all working and living on this rotating ball in the sky and one day for certain we will all be in the eternal land together~ without bitterness and our earthly imperfections. But give us a break already, so ready to kick us out. Check outside of Hawaii, the very same issue exist. Somehow you want to be immune from how life is everywhere. Should we treat the Hawaiians on the mainland this way? We are all humans alive on this planet at the same time, you in turn are creating prejudice. You want respect then give it, you want clean then be an example and clean, love your enemy, you will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you. one finger forward three fingers back. Ps. I never took a job from a Hawaiian, but I have created many, nobody ever says thank you, they just want more money and talk how bad we are. But we keep going, and giving. So much anger. When I was young I was homeless, had to sleep on the cold cement, had no food, it was very hard time, I did overcome that by the good grace of a mentor, so I come from a place of living it and giving it; and I hope you would take some of the good ideas and pass them on as I do. Thanks for responding, dialog is good, even better when positive action comes from it. I pray for you and Kauai to healed from such anger

  • CoffeeRequired posted at 2:17 pm on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    CoffeeRequired Posts: 57

    I have attempted many times to be nice to the homeless people on this island, bought a box lunch for a guy infront of 7-11 once and he got mad and trashed it RIGHT INFRONT OF ME because he wanted money instead. Most of the homeless people now a days I have never seen in my life! They like jump off the cruise ships or something and just decide to stay. They need to be shipped back to where ever they came from, they want to live on the beach in "Paradise" but end up making our beaches, and streets look ugly and unwelcome. It's not my fault they are homeless, I don't want to see a "Section" roped off for them, It will just grow. Give em a one way ticket with police escort onto the plane, I'll even Volunteer to make sure they get on the plane and leave this island.

  • imuakauai posted at 10:21 am on Thu, May 29, 2014.

    imuakauai Posts: 245

    Anadannerhola Village and the Kumu camp gang are actively changing the landscape therein. No one, thus far, has made an attempt to squash HCDC or the minion that AHHA, aka Uturnforchrist california mens recovery group leasing DHHL lands at the invite of Robin Punani Danner, as well as the Green Energy ploy or KIUC photovoltaic systems that supposedly will generate from their 30+ year DHHL leasehold, financial support for those still on the wait-list. Those, who have and still remain kicked to the curb. Remember Kanaka Maoli were overthrown once by sugar and missionary. Annexation is here to stay, illegal or not. There will be NO independence, sovereign, or return of stolen. Kanaka Maoli will forever be just another Federal Akaka tribe group of people, wards of the U S. of A. The criminal aspect of this entire story will go on, unashamed of the HEWA corruption that has been for 120 years. Now, you can expect the remaining trust funds to be spent over the next several decades, keeping OHA, DHHL and Fake state of things in place. Mr Crabbe no need worry about his employment status, while sitting under the skirts of macado. Did i mention the word "CORRUPT"? Documentary "Then there were none" indicate that by 2040 there will be NO 100% Koko or people who have this level of ʻblood quantumʻ. Too little too late only Walaʻau instead of gaining Imua or Onipaʻa for Kanaka Maoli. In memory of Kahale Smith who paid the ultimate price for similar thoughts as above.

  • Speeding Snail posted at 5:27 am on Wed, May 28, 2014.

    Speeding Snail Posts: 190

    There may simply be a time tested and proven process at work here: Kauai is essentially paradise, and the poor rarely get to live in paradise. When discovered, it gradually becomes the domain of the wealthy, and it may not be long before not one single local will be residing in the islands. However, this can be turned around. Stay in school, get a good education and training, make the bucks, and claim your slice of paradise the same way the mainlanders have. If not...if you bailed out in the 8th grade to go surfing, then don't act like you're entitled to anything. You "ain't." Nobody is.

  • notahippi posted at 8:21 pm on Mon, May 26, 2014.

    notahippi Posts: 479

    I agree w/KUPUNAHAWNVET......What the heck?.... wasting all our tax dollars to surrounding our aina with cement paths! .....What about our roads....We need a few bypasses for EM so we don't have to sit in traffic for hours.....and yaa.... Kauai50 Angel go back to N.Dakota and leave the jobs here to the locals.

    we need to kick out these guys that come over here and stop our night time football because we don't have lamp shades on our lights for the birds....we and the birds were doing just fine with out your "help"

    We need to stop being so greedy that they raise the rents so high that the locals have to sleep on the beach,,,,(might be ok in summer but it is really hard on families in rainy season)....

    we need to really stop voting for the same state guys....And Remember Abercrombie wants to build hotel or whatever he can get away with at Koke'e (money, money ).....

    I'm voting for Duke Aiona and Cam Cavasso.....they are the only good guys that are running....that care for the people....

  • KUPUNAHAWNVET posted at 9:25 am on Sun, May 25, 2014.


    Sitting here reading all of these comments on how and what everyone should be doing here on Kauai to alleviate our Homelessness.
    Kauai50angel you were in North Dakota? You should go back and live there. You seem to have all these great ideas, did you physically ever go and offer any help to our homeless people? You have all the answers but its just talk. Put your hand out and kokua the less fortunate people. Have you done any angelic thing for them since you call yourself an Angel?
    The problem is our COK is to busy building paths and roads we don't need until 2035. That's a joke, why not take care of the Problems at hand first. Closing streets in Lihue to have walking spaces and building a bypass in Lihue. But the biggest expense is all of the office space which the County of Kauai Rents and pays out to certain select few companies. We have buidings which belong to the COK empty or looking like its being used. Tell us Mr Mayor how much money is spent a month on Rentals of office space including your office which s/b in the County building? Maybe we can take some of that money and help to fix our problems like Homelessness?
    Between DOHH and the State of Hawaii and the COK you're telling us the Homeless problem can not be fixed in the State of Hawaii now?
    County Council you've opted to raise our car taxes again, what's up with that? The funny thing is you can't seem to fix our roads because the money is needed for the other pet progects. All of the other islands use that money to fix and improve our roads, only Kauai doesn' do that and yet we are the smallest island with the highest car tax. Turn in all of the COK vehicles and drive your personal cars so you can see how expensive it is to drive a car here without a county reimbursement program.
    I was born and raised here and I have never seen so much Political talk and studies and proposals as we have now. Its all about Money which we do not have.
    Give me a break. Our shelters can house how many people? Have any of you gone to see what they offer? Yes it sucks KEO, why not give up some of your office space and those high paying adminstrative jobs and use the space and money for what you received it for. Was having volunteers working for free a part of your budget too? The grants and federal funding are to provide and help with the shelter for these people. When you got your money did you say we can only help 19 people and oh shucks sorry to the rest. Why don't all of you Politicians spend the night at the Shelter or better yet pretend to be Totally homeless for one week and then tell us how it wonderful it was. That also goes for all of you who posted those negative things here, too.
    We all await to hear about your experience as being Homeless in Paradise.

  • kauai50angel posted at 7:05 am on Sat, May 24, 2014.

    kauai50angel Posts: 16

    another thought if your not being supported in your environment, maybe its a sign to make a change, go out side your norm, consider a move; to the mainland; I was recently traveling in North Dakota, their unemployment office is empty; there are three jobs for every person, they do not have enough people to fill all the jobs that are being created. in every sector- the point is there are solutions; they may be disguised as unsolvable problems; the key is to find resources and people who are willing to lift up, empower. even if you move off island, its an opportunity to experience more life, and build up to where and when you come home you can share all that with others; as you will be coming from a place of strength! .

  • kauai50angel posted at 6:58 am on Sat, May 24, 2014.

    kauai50angel Posts: 16

    compassion not judgment- fist post, Hopsing oh so blessed to never have a trouble in your life- so quick to judge. Wake up - real life, real people, real problems- I challenge you to give a hand up, support by mentoring a person in need, and see what its like on the other side of the rainbow. Kauai is an opportunity to create not destroy- for the males seeking a job- look at your environment there are lots of services you can offer- for example a BBQ grill cleaning business- not a glamorous job, but yet a need to be filled. No big over head, easy to create a system, many customers. If you fail, that means your one step closer to success, be clear on your goals that is the secret to making them real- aspire to be something, seek wise counsel, know that it will get better. There are angels among us, supporting and guiding you. Put out what you want to get back, focus only on what you want

  • Robb1371 posted at 5:58 am on Sat, May 24, 2014.

    Robb1371 Posts: 56

    How about something like, you can only sell a new construction for what you paid for it?

  • Eagle 6 posted at 1:24 am on Sat, May 24, 2014.

    Eagle 6 Posts: 1162

    This is a very tricky subject on many levels. We all need to reach across political fences for solutions. I don't want to hear about ethnicities or bums, and closing our eyes won't change the fact that as im wrighting this nice and dry, that thunder and lightning is raging outside. I don't have a solution, nor do I want to argue about it. This needs to be dealt with, without pointing fingers. Some solutions might have to be harsh, some may deserve great compassion.

  • andy posted at 10:28 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    andy Posts: 50

    Hey Hopsing- how does it feel to have a heart that is even smaller than your brain?

  • realitychick posted at 6:50 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    realitychick Posts: 218

    Rents are higher, food is more expensive, everywhere we turn we are being challenged to find ways to stay afloat, to survive. Please, everybody, have compassion for those who are in lesser circumstances than yourselves. Do you really think that those living with rain and rats and who knows what else they have do deal with enjoy this lifestyle?? Sure, some do adapt, but come on, let's cut them some slack and deal with the issue that our government has created.

  • notahippi posted at 2:22 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    notahippi Posts: 479

    There are no jobs!

    My nephew, (who is a hard worker but no jobs available) wife and their new baby were sleeping in their car in the middle of the night and police officers came flash lighted them and told them to move on!.....These are Hawaiians and they can't even have the decency to sleep in their own car!....Hawaiians can not afford the high cost of rent...WHERE ARE THEY SUPPOSE TO STAY?......the more people who move from the mainland to here, the higher the rent goes.....

    and yes I did let them stay w/me....(very over crowed)

  • 1luvkauai posted at 10:02 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    1luvkauai Posts: 1

    This is why I believe there should be a "local law" on Kauai for real estate. If close to 50% of sales are all cash and the cost of housing is rising there will never be a break for locals. Rentals are no pet, no family, or too expensive for those of us who live here and make minimum wage or work several jobs to make ends meet. It is a sad state of affairs. Money talks and the people who love Kauai for its natural beauty seem to be getting left behind more and more as the years pass.

  • Hopsing posted at 9:54 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Hopsing Posts: 48

    Good job, I approve. I suppose it would be asking too much from these bums to get a job and support themselves like the rest of humanity.


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