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Down & out in Waikiki

Tourism officials and residents press the city and state for action as visitor complaints about the homeless rise

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2014

~~<p>Laurel Mackie has come to Waikiki for the past 28 years, but the Canadian visitor said she's exploring other options because the destination's growing homeless population has ruined the tourist experience.</p>
<p>&quot;I look out of my balcony and I see people passed out. And, worse yet, I have friends that have been physically assaulted by the homeless,&quot; Mackie said. &quot;With safety concerns and the fact that Waikiki is becoming an overpriced Beverly Hills slum of the Pacific, it seems a no-brainer to think about choosing another destination.&quot;</p>
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Laurel Mackie has come to Waikiki for the past 28 years, but the Canadian visitor said she's exploring other options because the destination's growing homeless population has ruined the tourist experience.

"I look out of my balcony and I see people passed out. And, worse yet, I have friends that have been physically assaulted by the homeless," Mackie said. "With safety concerns and the fact that Waikiki is becoming an overpriced Beverly Hills slum of the Pacific, it seems a no-brainer to think about choosing another destination." Login for more...



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