Criminal Element Too Close for Comfort!

Excuse me, Mr. Mayor?  I thought we were cleaning up Honolulu’s Chinatown.  How much are we expected to pussyfoot around crap like this?  I’m sorry guys but this has got to stop!  I work only five or so blocks away from these areas and I live only about a mile away.  I walk these streets and I run passed those areas.  My friends, family and loved ones do too. 

We all, at one time or another, shop in the vicinity of this drama — during the day time.  Something happens around here when the sun goes down.  The rule of thumb that I generally follow is to not travel west of Nuuanu after sunset.  There’s already blood on the street between Fort and Smith Streets because of the raunchy clientele over there; you don’t even have to get to Nuuanu. This is ridiculous.  Sometimes you even have to get mauka of Vineyard Blvd before it’s safe.    

Since other cities have no problem giving one-way tickets to homeless people (yes, we all know about it), why don’t we do the same for the non-resident homeless and the drug pushers?  Send them back!  

Send the drug lords skanks in a separate boat, a leaking one.  Vicious?  Perhaps.  But, Chief Correa of the Honolulu Police Department is right, they have no business here!  They have no right to shed blood on our streets and we have no desire to lose any of our officers to their shenanigans either!  

This is our home and they’re tarnishing all the beauty and camaraderie that we have tried so hard to create and propagate.  I’m not making this up.  The Honolulu Advertiser stated that both the residents and the merchants are concerned that the increase in crime will “undo years of revitalization efforts.”

It’s cool when our own local newspapers and media take these things to task but it’s a little troubling when blogs and media outlets elsewhere pick this stuff up.  I am pleased that The Snitch (I like that name) was kind enough to actually accept the ownership of this particular gang element.  Thanks, Joe.

Even the kama’aina homeless are afraid.  They don’t admit to their fear but when they talk among themselves you can hear it in their voices. Hello, Mr. Mayor?  We’re supposed to be focused on making our home green, not blood red. 

With tears in my eyes I ask you why.  Why is it that I, my friends, and my neighbors have to be afraid to take the dog for a walk or to go buy a damn soda?  Tell me!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keahi Pelayo // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Criminals prosper when they have nothing to fear. How many average citizens in China Town are armed?

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I hear you, Keahi, and I understand your point. The stability of the area is questionable at this point and that makes it all the more dangerous to add more weapons to the fray. The problem is, more weapons mean more blood in areas such as these.

  • 3 Bobby Revell // Apr 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Evelyn! Sorry for being away so long, I’ve been too busy to blog or stay on line lately. I’ve lived in some really dangerous places, south Phoenix being the worst. One 7-11 store two blocks from my apartment had 13 store clerks murdered in just a few months. I think neighborhood watches and general public involvement in cleaning up gang infested areas is one of the most effective ways to deal with it. Just 100 miles from my home, New Orleans is the most dangerous place to live and has the highest murder rate in the entire USA: the police are corrupt, murders several times per day, it’s a place I no longer visit. I still can’t believe New Orleans is still there. The next hurricane to hit will sink it into the Atlantic as it’s already below sea level.

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Don’t worry, Bobby! I think everyone has been busy with so many thing going on. I just appreciate that you haven’t forgotten to come back! 🙂

    I had no concept that New Orleans was like that! Was it like that before the hurricane or is this a fall out of flooding? I thought Detroit was the worst crime place.

    It seems that the scum around here have gotten the message — no tolerance! We do have a tendency to band together during a crisis, even if we constantly grumble with each other the rest of the time. 🙂

    I don’t like that you’re home is so unsafe. Please be careful and try to stay safe!

  • 5 Bobby Revell // Apr 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    The unsafe place I lived was in Phoenix Arizona. Where I live now in Long Beach Mississippi is really safe. A month or so after hurricane Katrina hit and I finally got electricity to watch the news about it, I was astonished how the media concentrated on New Orleans when the storm and the most horrific damage actually hit Mississippi. I lost my home and my mother’s home was almost completely destroyed. We were saved by the US military and given food & water within three days. New Orleans had a levee problem, not a hurricane problem but was equally damaged by flood water. The government really screwed up not helping those people quickly enough. I don’t blame Bush, I blame the bureaucrats running F.E.M.A. and the local New Orleans government for not evacuating people. What’s so sad is New Orleans still has the same levee problem it had before Katrina. Nothing but shoddy patch work has been done. It’s America’s biggest ticking time bomb and should probably not be inhabited by human beings. We’re entering a new hurricane season and those people had better watch out.

    Oh I can’t forget to visit you. You’ve always been so sweet and friendly and I just so happen to like you very much! 🙂

  • 6 Evelyn // Apr 26, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Hearing the way you say it, Bobby, certainly makes me look at it in a different light. You’re right, I had no idea that Mississippi was worse, or even close to being as bad. You would have never known it! The news channels certainly failed us in that respect!

    There wasn’t enough media sensation to be had out of Mississippi apparently. It was better, you see, to talk about the disgusting situation developing in New Orleans — better ratings you know. The more sickening and appalling it is, the more the cameras love it.

    Thank you for your kind words and, I assure you, the feelings are mutual! You’re always an inspiration for me. 🙂

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