Homeless Shelter Opens in Kakaako

KAKAAKO (KHNL) - Hawaii's homeless now have a place to stay, at least for now.

Governor Linda Lingle is inviting those who were kicked out of Ala Moana Beach Park to stay overnight at a warehouse in Kakaako.

But not everyone is happy.

Carl Brooks, manager at the BikeFactory, fears crime may increase.

"We found many times people sleeping on the cardboard. Unfortunately, they've defecated and other things they should not be doing," said Brooks. "We can't leave stuff overnight because they'll get broken into."

For weeks, people had been staying at local churches overnight, since being kicked out of Ala Moana Beach Park.

This facility can accommodate up to 200 people. Those who stay here will be given a mat or cot to sleep on and a storage area for their personal belongings. They will also be served breakfast and dinner.

While some people who work nearby are worried, University of Hawaii medical students who go to school right next to the facility, say they're glad the homeless have a place to stay.

"I mean I feel sorry for them, they don't have anywhere to go. At least they're in Hawaii where it's warm, they they have somewhere to go, I don't feel a threat by it," said Doreen Fukushima, student.

"We're future doctors, I mean this is our school. But these people need a place to go and I'm glad they found a place," said Damien Tavares, student.

The shelter will be open from 5 p.m.-8:30 a.m. everyday for at least six months.