MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Complaints are growing as a homeless encampment expands along Wilder Avenue and Dole Street in the Manoa area.
Just a few steps from a well-known mural featuring great Hawaiians like Israel Kamakawiwoole (Bradda IZ), Don Ho and Gabby Pahinui, sits a not-so-pleasant sight. Pitched tarps, shopping carts and garbage bags occupy the area under the Wilder Avenue Bridge, off the H1 freeway.
Nearby resident Kira Shutt says she feels the need to tiptoe past the growing camp everyday on her way to and from work.
"Depending on the hours I'm walking past, I tend to be more cautious," Shutt said. "So if I work night shifts, when I get off I don't exactly like walking down. I'll take other alternate routes just for peace of mind."
Shutt says it's too close for comfort, especially with Voyager Public Charter School just a few hundred feet away.
"I understand things like this happen," she said." There's not always going to be the right place for people to be, but I just don't think they should be setting up by a school."
Dennis Ferrara feels the same way and fears for his family's safety.
"We've heard the yelling going on down there it sounds like a party sometimes of people having arguments," he said.
Ferrara noticed the encampment growing over the last year, moving closer to his own backyard.
"It would be one guy living down there then he would disappear, now there's a large number," said Ferrara. "I haven't counted them, but there's quite a few tents it's gotten to be a little city down there."
We've reached out to state officials to see if anything is being done, but have not received a reply.