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At The Heart of Homelessness

During my various stays in Hawaii I have become acutely aware of the homeless situation in Paradise.  On a number of occasions an extremely friendly person would come up and start talking to me and then ask for money.  I … Continue reading

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Inconvenience Yourself

Someone we love dies.  Someone betrays our trust.  Someone puts us down in front of others.  Aside from physical accidents pain often comes into our lives through relationships with others.  When it arrives we can seem unable to find ourselves … Continue reading

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Using Past Mistakes As An Excuse

When I look at the homeless in Hawaiʻi what I see is not homelessness but hopelessness.  I see individuals uncertain as to what comes next, individuals whose struggle to simply survive each day has robbed them of any vision for their … Continue reading

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There But For The Grace of God Go I

On my first visit to Hawaiʻi I remember being astonished by the sight of homeless people in Kapiʻolani Park.  The presence around them of shopping carts filled with sundry items, suitcases by “their” tree and makeshift tents made it clear that they … Continue reading

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Shopping Cart Voyagers

On our October 2010 trip to Waikīkī, as Mom and I drove to the Savannah Airport my little Toyota Echo was packed to bulging with luggage: my 3 suitcases and briefcase with laptop, Mom’s 3 suitcases, her carry-on and her … Continue reading

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Adrift Among Others

On one of my trips to Hawaiʻi I had to de-plane at LAX for a 2-hour layover and I observed a youngish businesswoman with her child coloring in a book on the floor next to her.  The woman was yelling on … Continue reading

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Life Is Not A Prison Sentence!

It seems normal to me that we all gather items around us which are familiar, that give us comfort or that inspire.  Just look at the homeless who have shopping carts crammed to overflowing with possessions!  So what happens when … Continue reading

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Growing Up

I have been thinking once again about the homeless in Hawaiʻi I’ve seen on my trips as well as on various episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter.  Why are there homeless in Hawaiʻi who do not want to embrace being an … Continue reading

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Self-fulfilling Prophecy

During our October 2010 trip I walked from the Ilikai Hotel to the Borders bookstore at Ward Center.  While walking there I noticed a homeless woman sitting on the grass against a wall.  Every time someone came too near to … Continue reading

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Little Things

Once while passing through Kapiʻolani Park I stopped to observe the ways in which the homeless were making the park their home.  Some were sleeping on tables, some against trees, some just stretched out in the open on the grass.  … Continue reading

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