Special Report

The Harbor

About the Series

Hawaii has the highest number of homeless people per-capita in the nation. We spent months inside a unique homeless “village” on Oahu’s west coast that more than 200 people have quietly turned into a home.
This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You’d Expect Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You’d Expect

For years, a “village” hidden in the woods of West Oahu has quietly been home to dozens of homeless families.
Houseless Not Homeless: It’s All About The Choices You Make Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Houseless Not Homeless: It’s All About The Choices You Make

The truth is that people who are so inclined will make a home wherever they live. And some will even build a community.
The Shepherd Of The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Shepherd Of The Harbor

Twinkle Borge rules the Waianae homeless camp with a strength and compassion that comes from her long experience with homelessness.
Kids In The Harbor: Lessons From The Edge Of Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kids In The Harbor: Lessons From The Edge Of Life

Learning to survive in The Harbor involves a kind of independence and resourcefulness that mainstream children aren't exposed to.
‘Where’s Everybody Going To Go?’ Civil Beat

‘Where’s Everybody Going To Go?’

State and city officials are stepping up efforts to solve Hawaii's homeless crisis. The future of The Harbor is clearly on the table.

Profiles

Tita: ‘I Love The Free Life’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tita: ‘I Love The Free Life’

Tita, who has made her home in The Harbor for more than a decade, says she's happy with the freedom it affords her.
Jay: ‘I’m Just Not Done Yet’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jay: ‘I’m Just Not Done Yet’

An addiction to methamphetamine has contributed to the homeless life.
Hannah: ‘I Know They Need Help’ Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Hannah: ‘I Know They Need Help’

Hannah has other places she could move to. She stays in The Harbor because she wants to make sure the rest of her family is OK.
Charlene: Getting By One Day At A Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charlene: Getting By One Day At A Time

Charlene and her mother became homeless a few years ago after her grandmother died and they lost their house.
Ben: ‘It’s Not Really That Bad’

Ben: ‘It’s Not Really That Bad’

Ben Susa would like to leave The Harbor. But not without his loyal dog, Spice.

Multimedia

SLIDESHOW: Homes Of The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Homes Of The Harbor

A mix of style and structure distinguish the homes that people have made for themselves in The Harbor.
‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’

A reporter discovers an unusual homeless camp in Waianae -- and learns a lot about herself in the process.

Ongoing Coverage

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment Jessica Terrell/ Civil Beat

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment

Holiday donations are helping The Harbor, Hawaii's largest and most unusual homeless community, which is working to become more self-sustaining.
State Homeless Coordinator: No Sweep Planned For The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Homeless Coordinator: No Sweep Planned For The Harbor

Scott Morishige says -- again -- that community dialogue will play a key role in developing plans for the state's largest homeless community.
First Fear, Then Hope For The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

First Fear, Then Hope For The Harbor

People living in Hawaii's largest homeless encampment were afraid of a sweep last week, but an outpouring of community support is giving them hope for some very different kinds of change.
No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator

Rumors are swirling, but Scott Morishige says any action on the state-owned land in Waianae would be based on input from the community and service providers.