From Hawaii Island Journal, a detailed overview of the many problems – The State of the State Parks:
… Residents complained about drugs and vandalism, stray cats and homeless people, deteriorating facilities and filthy bathrooms, and an unresponsive bureaucracy that had allowed the parks to deteriorate and had failed even to follow up on volunteer offers to help.
“There are places so disgusting that you wouldn’t go there. You’d find a bush,” commented one resident at the Kona meeting.
Another quoted a letter from a visitor: “If I’d wanted a Third World experience, I’d have gone to Mexico. It’s cheaper.” …