[Hpn] Re: HAWAII COUNTY SWEEPING HOMELESS ***Global Boycott Call***

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 2 Aug 2005 19:55:21 -0400

From: "Blazingstar" <changingworks@yahoo.com>
To: "Michael Stoops" <mstoops@nationalhomeless.org>

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Re: HAWAII COUNTY SWEEPING HOMELESS ***Global Boycott Call<<<<<<<<<<


 Based on the below report, Hawaii County in Hilo,
Hawaii Big Island has been placed on the World
Homeless Union's Global Boycotts for Homeless
Rights list, at
until further notice.

Dr. Ruben Botello, Director


 --- William Charles Tinker
wtinker@metrocast.net wrote:

 Honolulu Star-Bulletin News /2005/08/02/

       Tuesday, August 2, 2005

 Hawaii County clearing
squatters off shoreline
By Rod Thompson
HILO  The 22-year-old woman living in a
makeshift shack at Hilo's Puumaile shoreline
area described her position bluntly yesterday:
"I'm a squatter."

 Beginning two days ago and continuing
through Monday, about 50 squatters on Hawaii
County land are leaving the site where the
pavement on Kalanianaole Avenue runs out after
passing the Keaukaha area. The area is
sometimes known as King's Landing, although
that name properly belongs to a site three
miles down the coast, past a different, legal
encampment on Hawaiian Homes land.

 As early as 2002, when the 40.6-acre
Puumaile site belonged to the state, the
Department of Land and Natural Resources
started warning residents they would have to go

 The nearest toilets are a quarter-mile
walk to a county park. "It's not a healthy or
safe situation for anyone down there," said
Billy Kenoi, executive assistant to Mayor Harry

 Long intended for use as a park, the land
was acquired by the county through an executive
order of the governor on Oct. 26. The county
moved toward action, which Kenoi calls
"restoration of a shoreline area."

Although this Monday was set as the
deadline for squatters to leave, the county is
trying to avoid the word "eviction" and to use
humane procedures, Kenoi said.

 "We want to do this with respect,
compassion and dignity," he said. County
police, assisted by state Land Department
officers, seemed to be heeding the message.

 Resident Randy Chong could not get his
car started, the result of a bad electrical
coil. Officer DuWayne Waipa asked Chong if he
would like the police to help him get another
one. Chong said he could handle it alone.

 In the background, Land Department
officers hammered at an empty shack with
sledges. Suddenly there was a huge crash as a
line tied to a truck pulled the remains of the
shack to the ground.

 No house is destroyed until people have
moved, Kenoi said. The county provides storage
for belongings in shipping containers at the
county's civic auditorium.

 Representatives from about a dozen
agencies had visited two weeks earlier,
explaining to residents the help they could
offer, Kenoi said.

 The woman who called herself a squatter,
giving only her first name, Fran, said the
police action was "part fair" because
authorities gave advance warning.

 "They could have just come in here and
arrested us all," she said.

 Fran has lived at the Puumaile camp for
five years, she said. Before that, she grew up
for 15 years at a camp at the end of the Hilo
breakwater until a court order forced that
encampment to close in 2001.

 She had a housekeeping job at a West
Hawaii hotel but gave it up after a month
because the daily grind of driving to the other
side of the island was too much, she said.

 Even if she had money to rent an
apartment, landlords also want references.
"It's hard for us to get references," she said.

 Kenoi knows the problems. "It's a
difficult housing market. It's not possible to
find housing for everybody," he said.

 But the county is working with agencies
such as Faith Against Drugs, which offers
housing for as little as $350 a month, he said.
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