DOT empties homeless encampment near busy Kona intersection

  • Officer Wyatt Nahele stands guard as the homeless camp below the Kailua Fire Station is cleared out Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Officers Bryan Ellis and Wyatt Nahele talk to a homeless man as the camp below the Kailua Fire Station is cleaned out Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • HTM workers fill a dumpster with rubbish from the homeless camp at Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Palani Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • HTM workers clean up rubbish pile from the homeless camp at Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Palani Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Displaced homeless remove their property from the camp below the Kailua Fire Station on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Hope Services Hilo employees check on the displaced homeless to see if they can help as the camp below the Kailua Fire Station is cleaned out Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A camp resident packs her things as the area below the Kailua Fire Station is cleaned on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Piles of rubbish await workers cleaning out the homeless camp below the Kailua Fire Station Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • An outhouse made from pallets is ready to be dismantled at the homeless camp below the Kailua Fire Station on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Camps below the Kailua Fire Station are dismantled as the area is cleaned out Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — You can’t go home, but you can’t stay here.