Officials seek innovative ways like community court as homeless solution

  • The proposed Village 9 and affordable housing project site, colored in green with the serial number ending in 004, is shown as part of the area of the Kealakehe Regional Park, numbered 007. The MOU areas are areas identified as environmentally sensitive. The intersection at the top is Ane Keohokalole Highway and Kealakehe Parkway. (Courtesy map)
  • A homeless man sleeps behind a rock wall by the county parking lot on Kuakini Highway. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Michael, who is homeless, sells his lei by the seawall on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A homeless woman walks along Hanama Place. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • People rest on the wall in front of Big Island Grill on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

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