Cemetery official: Homeless people camp on land

HONOLULU (AP) — Campers have moved illegally into a cemetery on Oahu, an official said.

Gary Shim, who is on the Sunset Memorial Park’s committee and works to keep it clean, said that he’s seen an influx of homeless people, abandoned vehicles and illegal drug use.

“It’s not safe in there,” Shim said.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that one of its reporters attempted to enter the cemetery and was approached by a man wielding a knife, telling the station’s staff to leave.

A resident of a neighboring senior apartment complex said that the situation got worse after the Pearl Harbor bike path was swept of homeless people in August.

Scott Morishige, the governor’s homeless coordinator, said that he wasn’t aware of the cemetery encampment and has since notified outreach workers about the situation.

“We’re going to be in coordination with the city and county to see what we can do in terms of a coordinated response,” Morishige said.