Hawaii lawmaker says homeless people with the help of war memorial open latrine

Hawaii state legislature is looking for more protection to a Korean and Vietnam War Memorial, that had been violated by a number of the homeless population.

State Rep. Bob McDermott, R-Ewa Beach, said Friday at the memorial, which stretches 100 metres in the Honolulu location, that some homeless people were using it as an open latrine, according to Hawaii News Now.

“The homeless are nesting there and stools because it provides a certain degree of secrecy. It is human waste – number of poles, together with clothing and needles and other junk. It’s just terrible,” he said.

The station reported that McDermott had taken photos of the destroyed memorial to see it in shambles. When he returned, he discovered that the mess was even worse.

McDermott sent a letter to the desk of Gov. David Ige on Thursday to notify him of what was going on. A spokesman told the station that Ige had not yet received the letter.

Edward Richardson, a former adjutant general, said a number of the names on the monument were his friends, and he said that the “burden” of him to hear that the monument was damaged.

“I was very, very last of last night’s hearing had deteriorated to a point where it has become and embarrassment. There must be a certain form of security to ensure that people do not come here and mess it up,” Richardson said.

The garden surrounding the state Capitol buildings are regularly patrolled, the Ministry of Public Security said. Officials to catch anyone breaking the law will be the basis of quotations from, or, possibly, arrest of the perpetrators.

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