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In this Thursday, August 27, 2015 photo, a homeless man drinks water while sitting on the beach at Ala Moana Beach Park located near Waikiki in Honolulu. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown steadily in recent years, leaving the state with the nation's highest rate of homeless people per capita. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)

Hawaii has long been known as a tropical paradise, but in recent years another image has intruded into the state's carefully crafted one of idyllic beaches and relaxing resorts: homelessness. The number of homeless people has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, above New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. Many of the homeless, however, defy the stereotype of the mentally ill or drug addicted. They are families, with men and women who work full-time jobs. They are struggling to get a foothold in a place with a high cost of living and low wages. Here: in this Thursday, August 27, 2015 photo, a homeless man drinks water while sitting on the beach at Ala Moana Beach Park located near Waikiki in Honolulu. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
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11 Nov 2015 08:03:00
In this June 29, 2015 photo, hairdresser Loavia Bienaime, 30, sits on her bed as she prepares to begin her day in the room her family occupies in an government office building that was damaged in the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Bienaime's husband, Jimmy Bellefleur, used his skill as an electrician to connect the abandoned building to the power grid, and has repaired broken televisions, fans, and a blender for the family to use. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)

In this June 29, 2015 photo, hairdresser Loavia Bienaime, 30, sits on her bed as she prepares to begin her day in the room her family occupies in an government office building that was damaged in the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Bienaime's husband, Jimmy Bellefleur, used his skill as an electrician to connect the abandoned building to the power grid, and has repaired broken televisions, fans, and a blender for the family to use. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)
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05 Aug 2015 13:21:00
Homeless man Alonzo Harrison, 47, takes a nap on a bench at Pershing Square decorated with Christmas lights in the background on Monday, December 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)

Homeless man Alonzo Harrison, 47, takes a nap on a bench at Pershing Square decorated with Christmas lights in the background on Monday, December 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
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07 Dec 2017 07:42:00


Five year old Michael Esteban and his mother Kari Esteban, crawl through a 40-foot long, 4-foot high replica of a human colon on July 11, 2003 in Seattle. The colon is used to educate people on colorectal cancer. (Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)
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01 Jul 2011 11:28:00
Daniel J. Wabsey, a 58-year-old war veteran, sits outside his tent at Camp Hope in Las Cruces, New Mexico October 6, 2015. “I've been traveling for 35 or 38 years. Getting inside would take a while to get used to. I just want to be able to eat, sleep and be safe. We all get along and understand in Camp Hope. We've all been there. With common sense you can survive out here”, Wabsey said. Camp Hope describe themselves as an “alternative transitional living project for the homeless”. Around 50 people live at the camp. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Daniel J. Wabsey, a 58-year-old war veteran, sits outside his tent at Camp Hope in Las Cruces, New Mexico October 6, 2015. “I've been traveling for 35 or 38 years. Getting inside would take a while to get used to. I just want to be able to eat, sleep and be safe. We all get along and understand in Camp Hope. We've all been there. With common sense you can survive out here”, Wabsey said. Camp Hope describe themselves as an “alternative transitional living project for the homeless”. Around 50 people live at the camp. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
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19 Dec 2015 08:05:00
Stray dogs at the 'Ping An A Fu' (safe and happy) Homeless Animals Rescue Center in Nanjing

A dog welcomes a volunteer at the “Ping An A Fu” (“Safe and Happy”) Homeless Animals Rescue Center on September 11, 2006 in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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02 Mar 2012 10:33:00
A participant shows off a belt buckle during the 20th annual Seattle Invitationals, an amateur Elvis impersonator competition, in Seattle, Washington January 23, 2015. The event drew hundreds of spectators for 20 contestants at the Crocodile, a venue in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

A participant shows off a belt buckle during the 20th annual Seattle Invitationals, an amateur Elvis impersonator competition, in Seattle, Washington January 23, 2015. The event drew hundreds of spectators for 20 contestants at the Crocodile, a venue in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)
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25 Jan 2015 09:23:00
Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation Fundraiser

Veterans Day is right around the corner, so it’s nice to see that one of the time-lapses making the most impact online over the past couple of days is one showing a homeless US Army veteran being given a makeover and, in some ways, a new lease on life.
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14 Nov 2013 11:30:00