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Oahu homeless 'safe zone' turns to waste-ridden encampment

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HONOLULU (AP) - City officials have received complaints that homeless people from a large encampment are dumping human waste into Pokai Bay, among other issues.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that state and city lawmakers once looked at the Pu'uhonua O Waianae encampment as a potential model for what government-sanctioned homeless "safe zones" could look like across the islands. But the encampment has taken a much different route.

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine says the safe zones officials want "have sanitary conditions, roofs over people's heads, security and an environment that does not destroy" natural resources. Pine says she greatly appreciates homeless advocate Twinkle Borge's efforts at the encampment, but that residents are concerned about the environment.

The encampment's estimated population was 289 people - including 48 children - and 147 dogs in September 2016.

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