Representative Colleen Meyer met with the six Kahana families that received notices to vacate their homes by October 27th. She has been working closely with DLNR Director, Laura Thielen, to see if this action can be delayed, to afford the families more time to pack up their belongings and secure alternative housing if they must move. Representative Meyer is encouraging the Director to set up a meeting with the six families and other lessees in the Valley to discuss possible solutions to this housing crisis.
“These families are not squatters; they have been living in Kahana Valley for many years”. Representative Meyer said, “I was saddened to see the anguish on the faces of these fine people. There simply has to be a more humane and sensitive way to handle this situation,” She continued “I held signs with them along Kam Hwy fronting the park on Friday and the positive response by the people driving by was heartwarming.”
The State has made great strides providing temporary housing and programs for the Homeless so it makes no sense for a state agency to actually put thirty people out of their present living quarters and add them to the homeless population.
See KGMB9 video s on the Kahana families.