Homeless Flock to Hawaii
With food and shelter $3 a night, it's a poor-man's paradise
By Caroline Miller, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2010 2:45 PM CDT
People on the beach watch during the first round of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition big wave surfing contest on December 8, 2009 in Waimea, Hawaii.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Turns out surfers, vacationers, and the First Family aren't the only folks with Hawaii on their radar screen: It seems the islands are also something of a mecca for homeless men from other states. Add to the white-sand beaches the room and board for just $3 a night, plus free medical and dental care, and it's a winning proposition for an increasing number of single, middle-aged, unemployed guys who can just put together the cost of a one-way plane ticket, the director of a homeless shelter tells NPR.

At her shelter in downtown Honolulu, a third of all the guests are from the mainland, the director says, and she's not too happy that the state's taxpayers are footing the bill for the hospitality. The majority of the people who show up for lunch, an aide adds, are from out of state. "You have your locals, but not too many."

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Sep 16, 2010 7:13 PM CDT
It does not pay to "WORK" in the USA anymore. Going Homeless is the best way to NOT PAY TAXES & to quit paying for the prosperity of everyone else!
May 16, 2010 10:17 PM CDT
I went to Kauai last year for a coupla weeks. Yep, the perfect place to be homeless and broke. Plenty to eat, plenty of fresh water, but the humidity is something I would probably never get used to. On the other hand, if health care is free......lol I couldn't be a leach though, I would just have to move my small company there. That IS an attractive bit of temptation.....
May 16, 2010 9:29 PM CDT
How to be homeless in heaven...