Mayor seeks state’s help to address emergency shelter shortage

Harry Kim (Nancy Cook Lauer)

The Kona Police Station can be seen from a parcel of land off Kealakehe Parkway, Mayor Harry Kim’s proposed site for an Emergency Homeless Encampment. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today

A Camp Kikaha resident moves her belongings after the encampment at Old Kona Industrial Area was shut down Tuesday. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim is asking for help from the state to expedite the emergency shelter aspect of the proposed Village 9 homeless site off Kealakehe Parkway in Kailua-Kona.