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Commentary – Drunk and Disorderly in Pahoa

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Last night (Thursday) I drove through Pahoa about 10:30. Drunks were literally staggering all over the street and I had to stop so as not to hit them. More deadbeats were using the covered sidewalks in front of closed businesses as their personal flophouse and urinal. Where are the police? Why are places like Luquins, Black Rock, and Cash and Carry not being fined for serving those who are clearly too far gone to walk let alone drive. For those of us who live in Lower Puna, it’s police tolerating this sort of antisocial behavior that gives our area such a bad rep. We need some crusading exposé journalism demanding police presence in town and not just in their comfy new headquarters!!!

The new Pahoa Police Station

The new Pahoa Police Station

BTW, when I went to the Pahoa police station today to complain about this THERE WAS NO ONE THERE. That’s right. The station was completely unmanned. I rang the bell, called, no one there. It was lunchtime so I guess that took priority. The reason Puna is “lawless” is because the law is AWOL. Surely something can be done.

Amanda Claiborne

4 Responses

  1. In my experience down and out drunks can’t afford to pay for drinks at Luquins and Black Rock, more likely they’re buying from 7-11, Cash and Carry, and Malama Market.

  2. Go to the farmers market on Sunday morning. Keep an eye on the container behind the Akebono. You may notice a few of the unwashed and unkempt hiding amidst the palms with their Cash And Carry 40…( I guess they don’t want to share with their “neighbors”. )

    To my knowledge, most of these persons who have fallen thru the cracks of society are banned from the bars and restaurants for anti social behavior of one sort or another. Some have been banned from the stores as well.

    Whatever misfortune or personal anxiety has brought them to this lowly state…they are still human beings. I doubt any one of them said, as a child, “when I grow up I want to be a homeless alcoholic/drug addict shunned by society and persecuted by my neighbors for my mental instability.”

    When we look down on these people…if that is what we choose to do…we should quietly ask ourselves ” what would it take to reduce ME to that sorry state?” How many unfortunate incidents or poor choices are any of us away from being on the street. Like Bob Dylan said: “when you’ve got nothin you got nothin to lose”

    I do not know the stories of these people, personally. I do know that we all have our very own story. What can be done to resurrect some semblance of pride or personal dignity in these unfortunate persons lives? What would it take for them to re-enter society at, what we might deem, an acceptable level? Or do we just say “I am not my brother’s keeper” and continue to call for the police to “clean up the streets” whenever we encounter those unfortunates who have fallen thru the cracks?

    • Saying that one finds certain *behavior* offensive is not the same thing as “looking down” on a *person.*

      Acceptance of individuals as unique human beings with their own burdens, problems and issues is not synonymous with *approval* of everything thing they say or do.

      Society has no obligation that I am aware of to like, enjoy or approve of behavior that is either offensive or, in some cases, actually uncivil—if not outright criminal.

      Sympathy for somebody else’s plight and difficulties is one thing. Making excuses and/or “judging” others for their “judging” certain behavior as inappropriate is another thing altogether—one that does *not* (I dare say) put one on any particularly higher ground, morally or spiritually.

      Just saying.

      • Back to the original blog entry….”deadbeats” causing a “bad rep” in our area seems more judgmental of the person than the behavior, at least to me. Calling for a “crusade” and demanding a police presence in response to what is arguably a social issue…or an antisocial issue, if you prefer…doesn’t seem like “acceptance of individuals” in any way.

        I can not think of a single person whose behavior I enjoy or approve of 100% of the time. No one is perfect. (well, allegedly, there was this one guy…but the Jews killed Him). We will always have differences of opinion. And I did not intend to make excuses for anyone else’s behavior.

        I was merely posing a rhetorical question…what would it take for these people who “flop” and “urinate” in public to re-enter the parameters that pass for normal society in Pahoa. I guess I was attempting to express the notion that, contrary to the opinion in the original post, perhaps the police are not the answer.

        As far as the moral or spiritual high ground…never been there. What’s it like?

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