Officers’ new work program gives homeless chance to earn incentives while helping community

Officer Wyatt Nahale came up with an innovative program to help the homeless. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

In June at Umekes Fish Market Bar and Grill, Community Policing Officer Reuben Pukahi talks about working together at a community meeting to address the homeless situation. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Two Kona community policing officers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to addressing the homeless population in Kailua Village.