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Homeless in Hawaii: Living in The Bush

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Few will visit there but hundreds call it home.

In tonight's on going series "Hawaii's Homeless" Ramsay Wharton takes us to the leeward side to show us a place called the bush.

She gives us a sobering look at who's living inside, how they're surviving, and why the face of homelessness will make them look different than you imagined.

Gone are the massive tent cities that used to blanket beautiful leeward beaches.

Keaau Beach Park is now the last hold out...

But in a few days the state is forcing out dozens who've made it their temporary home.

While many of the families staying here at Keaau Beach Park say they're going to be looking for other places to live, many of them will actually go here, in what they call the bush.

The bush is on the outskirts of the beach park.

The so called, wild, wild west of state land that stretches along Farrington Highway to the Makua Cave.

Hundreds live inside.

On this night we decided to go in to see who's living there.

We found a Tongan family of four with two young boys. They've been in this make shift house for a few years now.

For more information on shelters, transitional housing and organizations helping Hawaii's homeless check out these websites:
http://www.hud.gov/local/hi/homeless/shelters.cfm

http://www.hcdch.state.hi.us/housingprograms/homeless.html

Part I: Life Not a Beach
Part III: Keiki in Crisis
Part IV: Sheltered Life
Part V: Transitioning Out
Part VI: A Dream Come True: Hawaii's Dream Service Center

Contact Ramsay: rwharton@hawaiinewsnow.com

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