While homeless numbers have dropped over the last few years, Kona visitors and stakeholders say transient behavior is becoming more brazen — changing the town’s atmosphere for the worse

  • A homeless man is taken into custody on Hanama Place for an outstanding warrant last week. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A homeless man walks around a parking lot off Hanama Place. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Police Officer Chandler Nacino talks with a homeless man sleeping in a parking garage off Hanama Place. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Trash piles up on state land fronting the Hawaiian Telecom exchange building at the corner of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Palani Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A homeless camp is located on state land behind the Kailua Fire Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Trash piles up on state land next to the Kailua Fire Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Toilet paper is strewn around a lava tube where homeless people sleep next to the Kailua Fire Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Rescue personnel try to help a homeless woman sleeping on the curb who became belligerent after being roused. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A person sleeps on the beach early March 7 in Kailua Village. The county’s plan for Village 9 was developed after dozens of homeless illegally residing at Old Kona Airport Park were evicted. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • A homeless man rests on Hualalai Road outside of the Kona Public Library on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk across from the seawall on Alii Drive.

KAILUA-KONA — Emily DuPlessis pushed her child’s stroller down the path from their rented condo to the beach, her two other young children in tow, before nearly tripping over a homeless man stretched out perpendicularly across the pavement.