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In this Thursday, Aug. 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, a homeless woman covers herself with a blanket while sitting on her bed at the Institute for Human Services, a homeless shelter and comprehensive social services agency, in Honolulu. While there are shelters and programs to help the homeless, there aren't enough empty beds to meet the needs of an estimated 7,620 people who live on the streets, primarily concentrated on the main island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, Lohe Akau, a 55-year-old homeless construction worker, carries his bodyboard through a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. There are estimated 7,620 homeless people living on the streets in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, a boy and woman sleep in their makeshift tent at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. There are estimated 7,620 homeless people living on the streets in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, Dexter Lii, a retired surf instructor, and his dog sit in a minivan in Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The number of homeless people in Hawaii grew over the past five years, and the state's population of unsheltered families ballooned 46 percent from 2014 to 2015, said Scott Morishige, state coordinator on homelessness. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, Foster Waynewright, 28-year-old homeless man, leans on a post while resting in Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. Waynewright lives in a minivan with his grandmother. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, a homeless man washes an old area rug at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The number of homeless people in Hawaii grew over the past five years, and the state's population of unsheltered families ballooned 46 percent from 2014 to 2015, said Scott Morishige, state coordinator on homelessness. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, two homeless people rest with their tents pitched on a sidewalk as a group of anglers arrive to fish at Kewalo Basin Harbor 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, 18-year-old Roy Kalama, left, gets help from friends as he tries to build a makeshift tent using pallets at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The camp, one of the nation's largest homeless encampment and once home to hundreds of people, was recently cleared by Hawaii officials. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, a homeless man fixes his tent to prepare for an approaching storm in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown steadily in recent years, leaving the state with the nation's highest rate of homeless people per capita. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, Menjen Enlet, left, and her aunt, Love Enlet, make a heart shape with their arms for photos while visiting their homeless relatives with whom they used to share an apartment in Honolulu. The Public Housing Authority recently began cracking down on people living in public housing with friends or family who were not on the lease for the units, said Connie Mitchell, director of the Institute for Human Services. With no place else to go, many who had been doubled up in overcrowded public housing units wound up on the street. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, a homeless man sleeps on Fort DeRussy in Waikiki as two tourists take a morning stroll along the beach in Honolulu. In 2014, after visitors complained about too many homeless people living near Waikiki Beach, the city banned sitting and lying down on sidewalks. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, Kifency Kinny, center, applies lotion to her arm and her 1-year-old son, J. Jee Suzuki while Kinny's niece, Keioleen Helly, drinks water in their makeshift tent at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, from left, John Tuilata, Tiare Talo and Roy Kalama, wash themselves using public showers in Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. The three live in a homeless encampment in Honolulu's Kakaako district. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, two children rest on a hammock at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Micronesians make up about a third of the encampment. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, a girl uses a large umbrella to take cover from the rain while walking through a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The encampment, which included 180 tents and more than 300 people, swelled after the City of Honolulu started banning sitting and lying down on sidewalks in 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 photo, Kuulei Kealoha dives into the ocean to cool off in Waianae, Hawaii. The 40-year-old homeless woman is among nearly 300 people living in an encampment near the Waianae Boat Harbor. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Deja-Lynn Rombawa-Quarles, a 24-year-old homeless woman who works part time at an elementary school as a group leader, pushes her cart to do laundry at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Rombawa-Quarles is one of a growing number of working poor in Honolulu who, through a combination of high housing costs, a dearth of affordable housing and bad circumstances, wound up living on the street. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Deja-Lynn Rombawa-Quarles, a 24-year-old woman who works part time at an elementary school as a group leader, sits in her tent at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Rombawa-Quarles is one of a growing number of working poor in Honolulu who, through a combination of high housing costs, a dearth of affordable housing and bad circumstances, wound up living on the street. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Tabatha Martin, 27, plays with her 4-year-old daughter, Thalia, in their tent at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The Martins became homeless when Tracy, the father, had a heart attack after working long hours as a kitchen manager, they said. After exhausting their savings, they couldn't afford rent for their Pearl City apartment and wound up on the street. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, a boy who goes by "M.J.," is soaked in rain as a woman pulls nails from a pallet to use them to build a makeshift tent at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. The camp, one of the nation's largest homeless encampment and once home to hundreds of people, recently cleared by Hawaii officials. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, a boy stands in the rain in front of makeshift tents at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu. Micronesians made up about a third of the Kakaako homeless encampment. Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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HONOLULU (AP) — 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.

Hawaii Under State of Emergency Amid Homelessness Crisis
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