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Homeless camp right next to government offices

Mary Jo Moffett-Maka Mary Jo Moffett-Maka

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A homeless camp and waste land is growing in Kapolei and it might be tough to argue the government didn't know about it. It's right between the Kakuhihewa State Building and Kapolei Hale, the city and county offices on Ulu'ohia Street.  And right in the middle of the government offices on an open patch of land is Mary Jo Moffett-Maka's makeshift home.

"It really sucks. It really sucks for a lot of reasons," said Moffett-Maka.

She says she's been there about a year, and others were there prior to her arrival.  In the past she says she's been hit by a truck, thrown off a cliff, had experimental back surgery and claims to have the IQ of a genius.

"I'm not exactly happy all this is here either. Then come help damn it. Come do something lord this has been here a long time. I apologize this is opened up and more people have view of it," said Moffett-Maka.

Her camp can be seen from the state offices and employees have complained about the rubbish and activity in the field.  It turns out the land is owned by the Kapolei Property Development, an affiliate of the James Campbell Company.  A spokesperson says the company was unaware anyone was living on the land.  They say they are building a community in Kapolei not a homeless encampment.

"Great then what are you going to do with me.  Then where do I go and what and then what?" said Moffett-Maka. "Am I hurting you? No. I'm not happy I'm here either can you get me into housing no."

The landowner plans to work on a solution on Monday that's sensitive to both the homeless and the neighbors.

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