Police officers and homeless advocates check out the homeless situation in Kakaako Park
Police officers and homeless advocates check out the homeless situation in Kakaako Park
Police officers and homeless advocates check out the homeless situation in Kakaako Park

Property near Kakaako Park has become a homeless village.

While the area used to be filled mainly with single homeless men living in pup tents or under tarps, many families with young children are now living there.

Jeff Davis, the libertarian candidate for governor, has been sleeping overnight with the homeless to get to know more about the problem.

He also has held celebrity sleepovers with lawmakers, activists and entertainers, so they can meet the homeless and hear their stories firsthand.

Davis said Kakaako resembles some of poorest communities in the Philippines. He is working to get volunteer doctors and nurses to aid the people, particularly the children, living there.

Tuesday night, police swept the area, confiscating many of the items homeless left behind and ordering homeless living on the streets to clear out, but the homeless moved back to the same area soon after police left.

Kakaako contains just one of many unofficial homeless villages throughout the state.

These families are struggling because Hawaii has the overall highest cost of living, near highest housing costs, and among the highest taxes in the nation.

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