This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Not What You'd Expect

Strangers don’t often venture into the woods here by themselves.

Only a few tents and shacks are visible from the dirt parking lot that borders the Waianae Boat Harbor, where more than 200 people have found a relatively undisturbed refuge on the rocky edge of the Leeward Coast. The true size of Oahu’s oldest and now largest homeless encampment is obscured by a heavy cover of overgrown kiawe trees and thick underbrush.

But it doesn’t take long to spot the scrawled “no trespassing,” “go away” or “keep the fuch out” signs posted along the many paths leading into the 19 acres of trees and scrub brush nicknamed The Harbor by the people who know it best.

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