Oahu's homeless could be home boundUPDATED 6:35 AM HST Jul 01, 2014Video Transcript
A year ago, the state was looking at providing return flights for homeless residents from the mainland. Potential problems grounded that project before it began, but now some Waikiki businesses want to start up a similar plan. KITV4's Paul Drewes has more details in tonight's top story at 10:30. Even at night Waikiki attracts a crowd. Part of that crowd is the growing number of homeless, including some who recently came here from the mainland. Attracted to the islands, just like the thousands of tourists who visit here as well. 14:00-14:07 you can't miss you got 300 days of sunny weather so its kinda hard to leave this place in a sense" Even after the city putting park clearing measures into place, many homeless still camp out. So the idea of providing a return flight home was once again brought up -- this time not by the city or state but by Waikiki businesses. But the feeling on the street is mixed over just how effective a plane ticket home would be. 13:46-14:00 "they find out Hawaii is not as easy going as they thought it would be. life is rough, i'll say that. Maybe half of them would take them up on the offer. Sam Williams has spent 8 years on the streets of Oahu. He says he would leave Waikiki for the cost of a cheap neighbor island ticket...although another reason that is keeping him here is he doesn't know what kind of support would be waiting back home on Molokai. 16:03 "i haven't gotten word from any of my friends that they would take care of me but i'm sure that would be ok by them" Under the state's scrapped plan, homeless would be eligible for the flight back IF there was someone to help support them when they returned. A flight back to the East Coast costs around $600. But Candace, who has been living here for the past 8 years says she would decline even a free flight, because this is now her home. 20:45 "no absolutely not, i have no reason to be there" Rick Egged with the Waikiki Improvement Association told me that they are just starting to look into a return flight program. One idea that would differ from last year's failed plan would require the homeless to pay for part of the plane ticket home. Kenny.