Community effort seeks to tackle homeless problems before they get worse

Nakoa Pabre, owner of Umekes Fish Market Bar and Grill and Kona Councilwoman Rebecca Shute Villegas speak at a community meeting suggesting solutions to the homeless problem May 22 at the restaurant's Paina Room. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
A homeless person sleeps on the stands at Old Kona Airport Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
A homeless woman who spent the morning screaming obscenities at children and parade-goers is escorted by Hawaii Police officers away from the area during the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade held June 8 in Kailua-Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Wanting more action to address homelessness in town, proprietors and community members are banding together to help clean up Kailua-Kona.