Poor on the North Shore? Paradise is a state of mind. Reality's different

Alex Dick-Read

If you’ve ever been to Oahu’s North Shore you will no doubt have noticed numerous people who quite clearly are not living the dream. Aside from tourists, well-off expats and a disproportionate number of well paid young surf pros, there’s a harsh reality of poverty and homelessness that stretches from Turtle Bay to Kaena Point. And we’re not talking just the addled meth heads, we’re talking whole communities living in cars and tents by the sea, dispossessed Hawaiian people, many of whom can’t or won’t live in the concrete ‘projects’ the government wants to ghetto-ize them into.
This film isn’t offering any easy solutions, but it’s worth a minute just to get a glimpse of the reality behind that happy Hawaiian paradise fantasy. At the very least, it offers a counter perspective to all the rose tinted surf media that spawns from this beautiful, but harsh, stretch of coast.

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