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NYTimes Editorial: Occupy Honolulu
Editorial
Occupy Honolulu
Published: November 20, 2011

Wall Street and Oakland get all the attention, but theres an Occupy Honolulu, too. Its tents and lawn chairs have taken over Thomas Square, a green expanse downtown all set about with banyan trees.

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Hawaii has one of the worst homeless rates in the nation, behind Nevada and Oregon. The causes are many, including an absurdly tight housing market and a rampaging methamphetamine problem.

Hawaii doesnt lack for ineffective plans. The last governor put one out after seeing a man living in a tree across the street from her mansion. The new governors plan has been criticized for directives dont feed them! that seem harsh and dont do enough to fix root causes.

The divide in Hawaii between haves and have-nots is grotesque. So is the reluctance to challenge it. A Hawaiian musician, Makana, recently got a chance and blew it. He was invited to play at an APEC dinner, where he quietly sang a protest song, We Are the Many, for 45 minutes. Too quietly: world leaders, including President Obama, kept chatting and chewing, undisturbed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/opinion/occupy-honolu...
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