CW member reporting this incident knows this now homeless man for nearly 10 years. Today, he lives on the streets around Chinatown. Not long ago, he was gainfully employed and the community knows him as being quiet, keeps to himself and generally friendly person. He shared with CW member he was looking forward to retirement in a few years away. When he is not working, he would be hanging out on the Kekaulike Mall where he was renting a room enjoying a cigarette or two and sometimes a canned drink with him. He would have small chat with people in the area, merchants who sells him food and cigarette, etc. all had no problem with him. This morning 11/12/21 a Kekaulike Market merchant pointed him out to this CW member and said ‘hey you know “Peter”? he looks really bad, may it’s the drugs or something, he’s really bad barely able to move’.
Fortunately this morning this CW member was able to flagged down and refer “Peter” to Christina Wang, MD and her outreach team from Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center (https://www.hhhrc.org/woundcare) who happened to be on the same block when the CW member saw “Peter” who was struggling to stand at 160 N. Hotel St. After some wound care to his arms and foot, Dr. Wang made the call for EMS to have him get checked into the hospital.
Apparently, “Peter” was likely beat up recently on the streets, Dr. Wang found bleeding from his ears; both of his eyes were swollen and bruised heavily and lip was cut.
This is a sad and true story of how a drug addiction can ruin someone and ends up living on Chinatown’s streets.