No Rest For The Homeless: Bill Would Ban Sitting Almost Anywhere On Oahu

City and state officials say housing is the answer to homelessness. But criminalization can be more politically expedient.

In Honolulu, being homeless is already a crime in many ways.

It’s illegal to sit or lie down in Waikiki and parts of 17 other neighborhoods. It is also against the law to obstruct a public sidewalk or store belongings on public property. And that’s not even taking into account anti-vagrancy laws at the state level.