HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Forget about ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ How about ‘Homeless in Paradise?’
Hawaii is not exempt from America’s worsening homeless problem. Even in the heart of Waikiki, one of the world’s most popular — and expensive — tourist destinations, homeless people are seen on the beach and on sidewalks, in front of ABC Stores, outside of Starbucks, and next to sidewalk newspaper stands.
At least, the same beachside showers and restrooms for tourists are also available for use by the homeless.
But nothing compares with the opportunity for occasional retreats and camping at 5-star resorts for street children and the homeless — in Manila. Under the leadership of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman, street children and homeless families are rounded up and stashed away for luxury accommodations and meals, especially when the Philippines is visited by dignitaries like Pope Francis.
A group of homeless individuals hanging out on Kalakaua Street across from Waikiki Beach wants to send a message to Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino and Secretary Soliman to consider extending this luxury benefit to them.
In order to make this happen, the homeless group has asked the City of Honolulu to provide them with complimentary one-way plane tickets to Manila. The City is seriously considering the request as an effective way to solve the homeless problem in Paradise.
From paradise (Hawaii) to the ‘Gates of Hell’ (Manila)!