Hawaii Island’s homeless population is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is not so much the homeless population, it is the unsheltered population, and Hawaii County leads not only the state of Hawaii, it very likely has one of the highest unsheltered homeless rates of any county in the United States of America. For children, that is certainly the case.
Sierra Club urges Hawaii County to reconsider plans for Kukuihaele Park in light of community opposition, cost concerns and the ability of county’s parks and recreation staff to service and maintain what we already have. This is a project that is out of scale. If there is a pressing need for an organized sports field, a more appropriate location should be found where the roads and water infrastructure can better support it. This would help bring the cost down as well.