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 John Pritchett/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave his 2014 State of the City address this week, speaking from Ala Moana Park as a way to emphasize his initiative to improve the city’s parks. Meanwhile, homeless residents of Honolulu went about their business just outside the park. Caldwell is well-known for his efforts to help the city’s homeless and deviated from his prepared text to talk about all the letters he receives from angry visitors who seem to go out of their way to berate him for his part in ruining their vacations. Political cartoonist John Pritchett couldn’t help but think that unhappy tourists are the least of Caldwell’s problems when it comes to solving the deep-rooted homeless problem.

About the author: John Pritchett is a longtime award-winning political cartoonist. He has been penning artwork in Hawaii for decades, including 20 years at the Honolulu Weekly. Find more of his work on the web at

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