I would like to share a bunch of photos that I shot before this past Saturday's Bike Path Clean-up that left me shocked and concerned for the safety, health and welfare of those who use the park, bike path, as well as for the homeless who live in the park and shoreline. I have never seen the park and shoreline in this condition. The pavilion next to the bike path is filthy with overgrown landscaping. The exercise station is in the same condition. Take a look at the photos and you will see piles of household rubbish in the park near the bike path waiting to be picked up.
As I understand, the bike path splits the city and federal government responsibilities. Mauka side of bike path is city property, makai side is federal property. The homeless squatters are on federal property right along the Pearl Harbor shoreline. It looks like a snapshot of the homeless camp that took over Kakaako in 2016 before being dismantled and displacing hundreds of homeless individuals and families.
This is really a sad situation for everyone. I feel for the homeless and my heart goes out to those who are forced to live in those conditions. My heart also goes out to residents and visitors who use the park and bike path for exercise and recreation as well as to visit one of the most historic battle grounds of World War II, Pearl Harbor.
We must show respect for the man the park is named after, and for those who have served and are currently serving our country at Pearl Harbor.
We must also help our homeless get back on their feet, find food, shelter, and proper medical care. I need to figure out how to accomplish that mission. Any thoughts?