Fire-resistant tents, igloos planned to house Big Island homeless


A temporary homeless shelter on the big island is closed and the homeless have been moved out.

The Camp Kikaha shelter is located on a one-acre property in an industrial area in Kona.

It was opened in August 2017 when Mayor Harry Kim declared a state of emergency regarding the homeless.

The county says about 20 people stayed at this shelter.

But the state of emergency expired and the county says it’s no longer allowed to continue operations at the site.

Most of those who were there moved to alternate housing, but officials say a few of the residents refused to be relocated.

The county says it’s moving forward with the construction of a more permanent site for the homeless in Kona with fire-resistant tents and igloos.

“Compared to the rest of the state the big island is the last place for affordable housing,” Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe said.  “So the County of Hawaii wants to really be on top of this concern to be able to address the needs of the homeless to provide them with some type of shelter.”

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