Homeless Living on Beach in Hawaii

From ABC News:

WAIANAE, Hawaii Sep 11, 2006 (AP)— Bert Bustamante and his family look as if they are enjoying a vacation at the beach, with kids swimming in the ocean, fish frying on the grill and radio music floating in the air.

A closer look, though, reveals the truth: Life on the beach is about all Bustamante and his neighbors have.

They are homeless in paradise.

Just up the coast from a major luxury resort, at least 725 homeless people by one community group’s count are living on a 16-mile stretch of Oahu’s western shore, a pristine beach where oceanfront lots would cost millions.

Armed with city-issued camping permits, the homeless use beach showers and sleep in tightly packed tents. Dinner is bought with food stamps.

(via What Really Happened)

13 Comments

  1. That’s just down the street from where I live. It’s the “Gold Coast” of Oahu, on the sunny leeward side. Sandy beaches for miles, great swimming. The parking lots and facilities are filthy though, and potentially dangerous. Not to mention your car is a serious target while you’re out swimming. As great (and close) as those beaches are, I avoid them.

    The cost of living is high here in Hawaii. Many people have two jobs just to make ends meet. If you have a few unlucky turns and don’t have a family to fall back on, you could end up on that beach just like those folks.

    However, Hawaii also has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Plenty of work here for the able bodied. If you’re reliable and not lazy, there’s work for you.

    I’m convinced that if it was more difficult for those folks to remain where they are, many of them would buck up and behave like the rest of us: They’d get with the program and make a living for themselves.

  2. That’s just down the street from where I live. It’s the “Gold Coast” of Oahu, on the sunny leeward side. Sandy beaches for miles, great swimming. The parking lots and facilities are filthy though, and potentially dangerous. Not to mention your car is a serious target while you’re out swimming. As great (and close) as those beaches are, I avoid them.

    The cost of living is high here in Hawaii. Many people have two jobs just to make ends meet. If you have a few unlucky turns and don’t have a family to fall back on, you could end up on that beach just like those folks.

    However, Hawaii also has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Plenty of work here for the able bodied. If you’re reliable and not lazy, there’s work for you.

    I’m convinced that if it was more difficult for those folks to remain where they are, many of them would buck up and behave like the rest of us: They’d get with the program and make a living for themselves.

  3. Our governor, Linda Lingle, seems to be working toward moving the homeless to new shelters and providing more support. Meanwhile, Dave is right, it needs to be harder for them to live on the beach with government support.

    Hawaii’s dirty little secret is not such a secret anymore.

  4. haha,,, i’ve lived here for three long years. i moved here from LA and found work after 3 weeks. Part time work. my wife is another story, it took her 8 months to find work. we are an interracial couple. i look like an asian local boy, my wife is blond hair blue eyes. the only part thats paradise is the weather and the ocean. otherwise, its expensive and downright hostile at times. low wages and high rents rule here. we cant wait to get outta this place.

  5. oh another thought. the tourists that come here, they live in waikiki. they stay for a week. they pay the high costs there to make it harder for the local people to shop there. paradise may really be hype. its all a “margaritaville” of sorts. nice place to visit, but living here is harder than hell. MOKES and titas (local boys who speak pidgin and local girls) comprise much of the islands here. many of those who were born and raised here dont have a clue of what it is like to live on the USA mainland. they only know of Vegas where theyll spend much dollars and much days there. small kine small island tinking i guess.

  6. so come one, come all to this island “paradise”, go home with the sense of pride that lucky you dont live in hawaii…unless you are rich enough to spend close to 900k for a 1500 square foot home.

  7. “However, Hawaii also has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Plenty of work here for the able bodied. If you’re reliable and not lazy, there’s work for you.”
    dont ever hire SAM PARK of Halawa….one of the laziest SOBs that I have the unfortunate chance to work with. SAM PARK maybe the laziest 25 year old on O’ahu.

  8. one more thing, if you get to the North shore of O’ahu and find yourself in Hale’iwa, avoid the beach park there. there is a son of a bitch who rides around on a green 4 wheeler looking to harass anything and anyone who is found to be trespassing on vgue property lines. he imposes himself to be a police officer with a navy blue hat and shirt but no gun, no badge and no official markings on the vehicle that proves him to be a police officer. he has a mustache and RENO 911 glasses. typical hawaiian asshole.

  9. First of all it is not called homeless in paradise it is called “HOUSELESS IN PARADISE”… that is the sad thing about it that here in hawaii where we call home we have some people that are houseless… not all of the houseless are unemployed and on drugs if that is what everyone thinks…that is just stereo type for the unfortunate people that are houseless…. this family if a hard working family that both parents work full time jobs and do everything to try and support their children… it is just that at some point in time families do hit rough roads and “SHIT HAPPENS”….. we are all not fortunate and live with our life on a gold platter…..i know how it is and those that dont know how it is from an experienced point of view dont actually know what they are talking about if you really take the time to think of it….. “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, OVER THAT, MOVED ON NOW”… i know how it is…

  10. Dear sir, if you would live here, in paradise Belgium, and you would sleep on the concrete pavement on the streets in a carbord box near the exaust of the metro just because it keeps you warm in freezing winter, if you would scrape the juices of a lost pizza out of the pavement-tiles because your stomache feels like a vacume dry leather bag and shuts of your brain because it can only say its hungry, I would call you a homeless person. You know what! Come over here and try it! If you survive it might be worth to you to say ‘been there done that’, maybe you still can even move to go on… But if you call yourself a homeless person at this moment, living on the Hawaï-beach and even think for one moment that you think you know what its like… and you’ve been there and done that and move onnnn, I want to have your internetconnection!

  11. out here in hawaii the people sure dont care about noise or anything. have illegitimate children(bastards) and they use the welfare system exclusively. fat, noisy and nosey. welcome to hawaii!

Comments are closed.