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Leeward Parks in Crisis, Residents Tell Lingle

Sam Pae Sam Pae
Kanani Kaaiawahia Bulawan Kanani Kaaiawahia Bulawan
Victor Rapoza Victor Rapoza
Hundreds turned out Tuesday night to voice concerns about leeward beaches to Governor Lingle Hundreds turned out Tuesday night to voice concerns about leeward beaches to Governor Lingle
Tents line the beach at Waianae District Park Tents line the beach at Waianae District Park

WAIANAE, Oahu (KHNL) - It's a community in crisis. From trash to drugs to entire families left homeless, many know all too well about the problems on the leeward coast. Tuesday night, those who live there made sure the governor heard their concerns. 

It is hard to see the beaches along the Waianae coast because of all the tents where the homeless live. Thousands of them, men, women and children now call the beaches home, so now leeward residents are calling for something to be done by the governor.

"I came out here tonight to listen to you" says Governor Linda Lingle. 

And she heard an earful  from those who live up and down the Waianae coast. Many of them are frustrated over the growing number of tents cluttering the beaches.

"We cannot do nothing anymore" says Maili Point resident Sam Pae.

Others are tired of all the trash scattered around these beautiful parks.

"We need to find a solution, to find a place for you. But in the meantime, homeless, take care of your kuleana. And part of that kuleana is your opala!" says Kanani Kaaiawahia Bulawan of Maili.

Still others lined up to voice the dangers of drug use at public parks. While it seemed everyone of the hundreds who gathered here had a concern, solutions were much more scarce.

Many of those who call this part of Oahu home also asked for a little compassion to go along with a solution.

"The citizens of Honolulu/Waianae against the homeless people, this is not two categories. We are all human beings" says Victor Rapoza.

Now after hearing the long list of complaints, many will wait to see if there will be a fix for the homeless along the Waianae coast similar to a solution found for the people displaced from Ala Moana Park. Along with all the concerns from the community, these residents also heard a promise from the governor.

"There will be results from tonight's meeting" says Lingle.

Those who work with Governor Lingle expect her to begin searching for a solution in the next few days, one that many hope will not only help the community but also those thousands of homeless in need.

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