Homeless camp moves across King Street in Moiliili

Wesley Miyashiro
Wesley Miyashiro
Darlene Hein of the Waikiki Health Center
Darlene Hein of the Waikiki Health Center

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The homeless living on a Moiliili sidewalk packed up their tents on Tuesday night, but some didn't go too far. They were set up on the sidewalk along Old Stadium Park. They had to leave for the latest city cleanup, but several of them simply moved across King Street.

Michael Molaka got swept up with drugs and ended up homeless more than five years ago.

"What makes it little bit easier is the people I hang with cause we become family so if anything goes wrong, just ask for help and we're like, 'Okay, shoot, let's do 'em,'" said Molaka.

Wesley Miyashiro moved his stuff across the street.

"I was thinking that we have to move and we can't come back, but the policeman said after they're done with the cleaning then we can come back so that's a relief," Miyashiro said.

The city plans to powerwash the sidewalk and clear out trash. The Institute for Human Services said three people decided to seek shelter. The Waikiki Health Center also did outreach.

"I went to the homeless shelter, but that's not a place I want to be in," said Miyashiro.

"A lot of the people who are there, we have been providing services for. The question mostly is whether or not they'll go into shelters, and for many people, they don't want to go into the shelter system. A few people will go in. Many will move to other areas," said Darlene Hein of the Waikiki Health Center.

Many of the homeless plan to go back to the same sidewalk. The Honolulu City Council is considering Bill 54 which would prohibit personal items stored on public property for more than 24 hours. A final vote is set for December 7. In the meantime, the shuffle continues.

"I have a job only part-time, weekends, that helps, but it still won't cut it if I get an apartment or whatever," Miyashiro said.

"We need better mental health services. We need more substance abuse treatment and we need low-income rentals, and really that has to be done at a higher governmental level," said Hein.

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