HAWAII POLL: Kakaako development and homeless problem

HAWAII POLL: Kakaako development and homeless problem
Published: Feb. 18, 2014 at 4:37 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Voters asked about development in Kakaako echo the stand protesters took at the State Capitol two weeks ago against the rise in condo projects.

54 percent say, "there's been too much development, too quickly." However, 43 percent believe it's better there than other areas of Oahu.

In the shadow of those luxury high rises, you can't miss a huge homeless camp.

55 percent questioned for our Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser poll say Hawaii's homeless problem has gotten 'worse'. 38 percent feel it's 'about the same.' Only 4 percent responded "better.'

Jared Vasqueas of Pearl City told Hawaii News Now, "It gets worse and it gets better, but I think it doesn't matter. When a community gets cleaned up, they move to another area and it gets worse there."

Samantha Damo of Ewa Beach added, "Tourists come here to see the beach and they see people sleeping and might think it's a little weird."

54 percent say it's "impacting us economically by discouraging visitors to return."

58 percent polled say Hawaii's homeless affect their quality of life through beaches, parks, sidewalks and other places. 39 percent disagreed.

However, there's hope for the homeless. When asked if it's "such a big problem that it will never be resolved", 54 percent said no. 42 percent responded yes.

One place to start is Kakaako's Next Step shelter, home to more than 200 people until they get back on their feet.

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