Hawaii considers moving homeless away from tourist meccas

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HONOLULU — A plan to move Hawaii’s homeless population away from its tourist meccas may send homeless families to camp temporarily on Sand Island.

The mostly industrial island was used during World War II as an internment camp for Japanese Americans and is home to a wastewater treatment plant and former dump.

It’s one of several proposals the city is considering to find solutions for its estimated 4,700 homeless people.

The Honolulu City Council will vote Wednesday on sitting, lying down, defecating and urinating on sidewalks in Waikiki and other public places.

The city is under pressure from tourism industry officials who say visitors complain about Hawaii’s homeless people.

Critics say the proposals will criminalize homelessness and push them out of view, instead of helping them.

 

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