Above: A homeless man drinks water while sitting on the beach at Ala Moana Beach Park located near Waikiki in Honolulu on Aug. 27, 2015.
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.
. A man washes an old rug at a homeless encampment in the Kakaako district of Honolulu on Aug. 24.
. 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 on Aug. 26. The camp, one of the nation's largest homeless encampment and once home to hundreds of people, was recently cleared by Hawaii officials.
There are estimated 7,620 homeless people living on the streets in Hawaii.
. Dexter Lii, a retired surf instructor, and his dog sit in a minivan in Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu on Aug. 24.
. A man walks toward his makeshift tent at a homeless encampment near the ocean in Waianae, Hawaii on Aug. 25.