Growing homeless encampment in Kapahulu spurs concern

Concerns raised over homeless in Kapahulu after jogger hurt by debris

KAPAHULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Concerns are being raised about a growing homeless encampment in Kapahulu.

Residents say dozens of tents and structures have gone up along the Ala Wai bike path area that leads into Waikiki.

The encampment is spurring safety concerns. Last month, a jogger in the area needed care after getting a fish hook stuck in his lower leg.

Employees in the area say homeless have been leaving behind trash, and causing trouble.

Side Street Inn restaurant Operations Manager Robbie Acoba said they've had to relocate their electrical boxes because homeless were using them.

State homeless officials say outreach workers know about the encampment and have worked with people staying there. City crews are also responding to complaints.

Concerned residents can call the city's complaint line at 768-4181.

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