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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:45 pm

LIHU‘E — A 45-year-old homeless man suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car while crossing Kuhio Highway in Lihu‘e Tuesday night, a county news release states.

He was medevaced to The Queen’s Medical Center on O‘ahu early Wednesday morning.

The man was attempting to cross Kuhio Highway at around 7:30 p.m., going from the old Oki Diner to the other side of the street, when he was hit by a silver Toyota Camry traveling north in the outer lane, according to a preliminary report.

The man was not in a marked crosswalk, the release states.

He was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment and later flown to Queen’s.

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  • kauaiwaterfalls posted at 4:51 pm on Sun, Aug 1, 2010.

    kauaiwaterfalls Posts: 18

    there are more liars then you think in this world. like the filipino who everyone calls a hawaiian kahu, has a kingdom of hawaii license plate and talks about the iwi of kanaka maoli.
    of course most people accept him because he is brown and can make up a hawaiian name.

  • kealiahana posted at 9:05 pm on Sat, Jul 31, 2010.

    kealiahana Posts: 291

    What I can't stand is a non polynesian naming themselves with a polynesain name. Enough pretenders in this world let alone Kaua'i.

  • TheHaole posted at 3:46 pm on Sat, Jul 31, 2010.

    TheHaole Posts: 76

    Looks to me like the guy was jaywalking (breaking the law) for the very reason the law is in place, safety.
    This is a classic example of why you do not jaywalk. So what if he was homeless, employed, rich, poor, looking for work, smart, stupid, lived in a plain old home or a mansion.
    People driving have enough idiots around them that already cannot operate their cars and trucks to the point that any normal person driving in between them will have boiling blood. I dare anyone to set their cruise control to the speed limit and see how long it takes to stack up cars in front of you. Then set the cruise control again at the new pace and see how long it takes to have to hit the brakes again.
    The bright side of this is the guy has a roof temporary, at our expense. The downside is when he is released he’ll still be messed up and homeless. Maybe now he’ll use the cross walk. The drive of the car I do not fault unless he/she sped up to hit the guy which I doubt.

  • kauaiwaterfalls posted at 9:07 am on Sat, Jul 31, 2010.

    kauaiwaterfalls Posts: 18

    1) just because you own a prada or gucci bag, you are not rich, just stupid
    2) why are you assuming people "choose" to be homeless
    3) homeless people are not lazy
    4) there are many things our tax dollars are spent on, homeless being about the last priority

  • vakeleo posted at 10:35 pm on Fri, Jul 30, 2010.

    vakeleo Posts: 26

    re; mysprada- I find it hypocritcal of you to claim your the one being judged when you "judge" homeless as being criminals and choosing to be homeless. Your anti-homeless comments alone seem to reveal your true self.Yes, I see someone has hit a nerve with the "prada bag" comment. You should really learn to work on your "poker face".

  • good_good_good posted at 8:51 pm on Fri, Jul 30, 2010.

    good_good_good Posts: 91

    I don't understand whats the big deal here. You guys are arguing about whether we should call him homeless or not!!! I read somebody said something about we shouldn't have homeless people that live on the island? So what happens to the homeless peeps on Kauai? What if you went homeless how would you feel? I no longer reside on the island, but the homeless in Hawaii have it easier than people on the mainland. Nice weather year round compared to being too cold or too hot.

  • wheeulz posted at 4:06 pm on Fri, Jul 30, 2010.

    wheeulz Posts: 2420

    I seriously doubt that TGI had any sinister intent in describing him as homeless.

    If he lived in Kapa‘a, they'd report that he lived in Kapa‘a.
    If he lived in Lihu‘e, they'd report that he lived in Lihu‘e.
    He has no permanent address, so they described him as homeless.
    Hardly worth elevating your blood pressure over.

  • mys_prada posted at 8:42 am on Fri, Jul 30, 2010.

    mys_prada Posts: 115

    I am suprised you haven't judged the "Tourist who had to be rescued story" WHAT does being a TOURIST have to do with him having to be rescued?

  • mys_prada posted at 8:38 am on Fri, Jul 30, 2010.

    mys_prada Posts: 115

    Comment to all: So, u assume just because my name has PRADA I am rich? I would be lucky to ever own a Prada bag and I work hard for my money. AND U also ASSUME I am not an active voluteerist? Look at you all... don't judge the poor, but judge someone if you think they are rich? HYPOCRITES. I have a right to be against the homeless, if you have the nerve to CHOOSE to be homeless using MY hard earned tax money to be lazy I am against you. Maybe I COULD purchase a PRADA bag if I wasn't supporting U

  • jr1956 posted at 11:37 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    jr1956 Posts: 1263

    Jesus was homeless as many of our great sages.

    Many people with houses are homeless and many people without houses have homes.

    buddahead great point about identity in stories. I totally agree.

    Think about it. Kimo

  • Notsoshyguy posted at 9:05 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    Notsoshyguy Posts: 149

    Today's lesson has nothing to do with homelessness, criminals, or costs of medical care. Today's lesson deals with carelessness. The carelessness of a man crossing the street at dusk without being in a crosswalk. The carelessness of the driver not paying better attention to what's in the road. Please everyone, be careful: walk in the crosswalk and if you are driving, please pay better attention. Next time it could be someone living in your home.

  • Jeepieboy posted at 6:11 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    Jeepieboy Posts: 355

    I also volunteer for the Salvation Army every year as a bell ringer, the SA does such a wonderful job for people who are just a bit down on their luck, plus all their other wonderful programs on addiction etc. Why don't mys prada and saltpondslim try it sometime? The joy that volunteering brings to your heart is without measure. You also might learn about something apparently new to you - humility....

  • Jeepieboy posted at 5:58 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    Jeepieboy Posts: 355

    I agree with buddahead - ms prada and saltpondslim - I hope you never find yourself in that situation. I have worked hard all my life just to keep a roof over my head, but when I was laid off last year, and before I found another job, I was close to being "houseless". I'm not a criminal or an alcoholic, but you would no doubt have metaphorically spat on me as you have on this poor man. When I see a "houseless" person, I always think, "there but for the grace of God go I."

  • vakeleo posted at 4:45 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    vakeleo Posts: 26

    Contrary to what mysprada thinks, not all homeless are criminals and not all homeless chose to be homeless.She comes off as heartless and cruel. Also the remarks from SaltPondSlim seem cruel. Some people get off on kicking people when their down. Remember the old saying, "what comes around, goes around".

  • kauaiwaterfalls posted at 3:21 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    kauaiwaterfalls Posts: 18

    re: mys prada
    Why don't you go buy another PRADA bag or Gucci purse. You need to educate yourself on homelessness. Why don't you go feed some of them instead of calling them criminals? It's completely moronic to be "against" homeless people. Maybe sell your stupid brand name daiper bags and buy them some food. (I am assuming Prada is the obvious prada.) You are the same kind of person who says "why don't the haoles move" if they don't like racism?

  • buddahead posted at 2:49 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    buddahead Posts: 82

    So he is less worthy to your eyes because he is homeless. Perhaps you should look into forming an "elimination squad" for those who you consider lesser mortals.

  • mys_prada posted at 1:17 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    mys_prada Posts: 115

    AND I agree with Salt Pond Slim... although sucks for all the Medical personell and Facilities that will never see a dime from him. MEDIVAC = guarantee 40K + right there.

  • mys_prada posted at 1:16 pm on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    mys_prada Posts: 115

    woah! calm down Buddahead.. his homelessness DOES matter cause now the general population won't have to worry if they know him. Im against homeless people on this island although I understand it is Increasing.. HOW can you be homeless and not be a criminal of some type even if it is stealing from the Salvation Army in the middle of the night? You gotta get food from somewhere.. If someone is choosing to be homeless they should CHOOSE to be homeless some where else.

  • buddahead posted at 11:54 am on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    buddahead Posts: 82

    Here we go again. What does his homelessness have to do with the story? Are we to feel less pity for him because we equate homelessness with criminality? Again, would an owner of a home be recognized as "owner of three bedroom home hit by car"! Stupid, yeah? Identify him on his own merits such as his age and where he lives - Lihue, Kapaa, wherever... Don't dehumanize him and criminalize him because he doesn't have a place to live at the moment. Renters? Same boat? The first story noted “no permanent address”, now he’s homeless. If we hope to change public perception, NEWS MEDIA, then we have to be fair in REPORTING. He may be happier to be “homeless” and it may be by choice. He’s not walking around all day. Where he sleeps is his home for that day. Maybe he’s at the “homeless” shelter. Is that a home? Get a grip. Not all homeless people are alcoholics and drug addicts. Geez.

  • payback posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    payback Posts: 1733

    What a bummer! He must feel very unlucky. I hope he gets the help he truly needs to turn his life around.

  • vakeleo posted at 7:43 am on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    vakeleo Posts: 26

    [quote]SaltPondSlim said: "Well, on the bright side, he's not homeless any more."[/quote]

    wow...not cool brah.

  • SaltPondSlim posted at 7:31 am on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    SaltPondSlim Posts: 251

    Well, on the bright side, he's not homeless any more.

  • interesting posted at 5:32 am on Thu, Jul 29, 2010.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    poor fella, hope he is ok

  • jr1956 posted at 11:51 pm on Wed, Jul 28, 2010.

    jr1956 Posts: 1263


    looks like the news just came to you, your in the groove.


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