As rows of tents line the sidewalks, you can only look away so much. Hawaii's homeless population is booming.
Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona just released what he calls a two-pronged solution to the problem.
Prong one -- vet to vet interaction.
"As governor, I made it a mission for our guard personnel to reach out to our vets. Encourage them and drive them to services and getting themselves off the streets," said Aiona.
Aiona's second prong is to initiate a homeless court, similar to the current drug court. The mobile court would go out to homeless encampments reaching out to those with misdemeanors and minor infractions.
"A lot of our homeless people, they look at our authorities in a different way, so to break to the ice, we'd move it to the parks or move it to the streets and actually approach it right there and have court right there," said Aiona.
Aiona's spokesperson says the court could encourage those living on the streets to go into a shelter or seek treatment in exchange for clearing the fines.
This, Aiona says, would give the homeless a fresh start. That's something Norman Fetalmai, who has a citation for staying in the park after hours, would appreciate.
"We're trying to get into the places they won't let us because they look down on us. Oh, you have this charge, or that charges," said Fetalmai.
Homeless advocates and providers say they appreciate Aiona's ideas but wonder if there will be enough resources to implement them and worry his plans don't address all spectra of the homeless.
"I think when you come out of court, though, there needs to be somebody to help execute the plan -- the option of not going in to jail or being incarcerated," said Connie Mitchell from the Institute of Human Services.
Aiona says his initiatives will work with existing state programs and resources. For example, the homeless court would expand the role of current judges and insists the cost to implement his plants would be minimal.