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.