Youth in Kaka’ako

Hands of the youth in Kaka'ako.

Hands of the youth in Kaka’ako.

I spent most of this week in Kaka’ako getting to know more families and individuals in the area. I feel emotionally drained and wish I could do more for the kids there. This morning was particularly hard because one of the little girls I came across had actually been at the homeless shelter four years ago… Her hair was still wild, her eyes bright as ever, and she reached out to me with her arms wide open like she had done when I first met her at the shelter. I’m not sure why she’s on the streets now… *sigh*

I wish I could do more for them. I’m still trying to figure out what/if I can do anything. In the couple of hours I was there, a woman had overdosed just three tents away from the family I was visiting. The woman’s boyfriend was holding their infant daughter in his arms, and came out of the tent asking for a cellphone to call the police. The fire department arrived within minutes and the paramedics arrived shortly after… It all happened so fast.

I worry about the children there. They’ve been so kind to me and would share their street wisdom to “keep me safe.” Many of the little ones warned me to stay away from certain areas. I appreciate them…

It has been a long week… physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The journey continues…



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