Homelessness up on Hawaii Island; 1 in 3 unsheltered individuals considered ‘chronically homeless’

  • A homeless man sleeps on a bench on Alii Drive. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A homeless camp is set up in front of the Kona Aquatics Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A homeless camp is set up in front of the Kona Aquatics Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A homeless camp is set up Thursday fronting the Kona Community Aquatics Center in Kailua-Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Approximately one in three homeless individuals on Hawaii Island is considered chronically homeless, according to details gleaned from this year’s Point-In-Time Count.