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Gary R. Smith says
I completely agree that being "houseless" is a full-time job in itself to survive and perpetuates the cycle of being without shelter. I just may do a hub on homelessness in Hawai'i. Thanks for the inspiration. Aloha, Stephanie
Some who call themselves homeless feel they are victims. We could also have called ourselves 'currently in a lifestyle without a mailing address.' I'd be glad to share my experiences with you. My ego suffered in the shelter but it was eye-opening.
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Stephanie Launiu says
I slept in a homeless shelter on Oahu for a time a few years ago. It came when my idea to tent camp was abandoned due to the warnings that locals gave me about the dangers from the Hawaiians. My job applications went unanswered. It was an experience!
@Emanate Presence: As a Native Hawaiian, I'm not sure who the "locals" were or what the purported dangers from "Hawaiians" were, but I do know (as in the rest of the U.S.), the mentally ill who are homeless can be a danger to themselves & others.
For our first 3 years on the islands, life was highly supportive. When we returned, with our car, it was different. We were threatened, not because we were homeless as we were not but because we are white. A store owner advised us against camping.
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