Pilot program aims to curb panhandling in Kailua Village

  • A "Change of Heart" sign is seen at the intersection of Kaiwi and Luhia streets in Kailua-Kona. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A panhandler solicits money at the Crossroads Shopping Center in this undated file photo. (File photo/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii County employee installs one of the "Change of Heart" signs at the intersection of Kaiwi and Luhia streets in Kailua-Kona. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A pilot program to divert spare change from panhandlers to nonprofits that assist the homeless and other in need is underway in West Hawaii.