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Drug use, harassment has cyclists avoiding popular bike path

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AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

At least twice a week, Calvin Lac pedals his way past the Aiea Bay State Recreation Area.

He says he's gotten used to dodging shopping carts and rubbish that people leave on the path. But lately, it's the people he tries to avoid.

"Usually we just pass them. They're probably not in their right mind at that point so we just ignore them," Lac said.

The village made up of tents and tarps sits on both state and federal land. There are dozens of residents, a mixture of families with kids and the chronically homeless.

"They are doing drugs too. It's something I don't like," biker Jonathan Ching said.

The Institute for Human Services, which runs homeless shelters and outreach services, typically doesn't serve this area. But since the start of the year the illicit activity has become so prevalent outreach workers have seen a surge in referrals.

It's far from the only place there's been an uptick.

"Pearl City, Windward Oahu has really increased a lot as well as Kapolei," said Kimo Carvalho, IHS spokesman. "Really a lot of places outside our jurisdiction."

Many of the calls are serious, quite often dealing with public safety. "We oftentimes refer them to HPD," Carvalho said.

Back in Aiea, Carl Kawauchi says he wants more from his lawmakers. "I just wish they'd clear them out," said Kawauchi.

But Kawauchi says he doesn't expect to see action taken anytime soon.

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