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Hawaii: Live at shelter, not beach

Published March 2, 2007


HONOLULU - Hundreds of homeless people camped out on a stretch of beach west of downtown will have to move, as Hawaii prepares to open its first 24-hour, government-sponsored emergency homeless shelter.

A note taped onto scores of tents at the 40-acre Maili Beach Park on Monday informed beach dwellers that starting March 27, overnight camping will be prohibited, the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper reported.

The plight of the estimated 700 or more homeless at the beach has drawn attention to homelessness on the island of Oahu, where beachside hotel rooms go for hundreds of dollars a night and the median home price is $635,000.

With the new $6.5-million, 300-bed Civic Center shelter in Waianae, the city can repair the park, said Bill Brennan, spokesman for Mayor Mifi Hanneman.

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