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To date, only one homeless person in Hawai‘i has tested positive for the coronavirus. That person was connected to the cluster at Maui Memorial Hospital. On O‘ahu, home to 4,450 homeless individuals, service providers are seeing a lot of movement on the street during this COVID-19 shutdown.  Here's what the experts see ahead.

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Updated: 4/8/2020, 11:32 a.m.

About 15 health care workers at Maui Memorial Medical Center have tested positive for the coronavirus, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said today.

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Getting local food to you during stay at home orders; Staying healthy during the COVID-19 crisis; Helping the homeless during the pandemic; A note on HPR's coronavirus coverage

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Hawaii’s stay-at-home order and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for social distancing are prompting groups serving the homeless to make adjustments as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the islands.

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Struggles of houseless students; Hunting Mushrooms on the Big Island; Update on COVID-19; Lost sounds of Hawaii's native birds; Honolulu Art Ensemble debut

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Leadership tips from the Pelosi family; Frank Delima's Impeachment Song; Lawsuit filed against school after deaths at excursion; Keeping an eye on open government at the Legislature; New approach for homeless count

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The Honolulu Police Department plans to set up mobile navigation homeless centers in parks on Oahu, starting in Waipahu this week and possibly Stadium Park at a later date.

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii addresses healthcare job vacancies; Medical care for Hawaii's homeless; Bringing your own containers to restaurants; Manoa Valley Theatre's new Artistic Director Kip Wilborn

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City’s Homeless Programs; Hula for Health; Waialua Sunflowers; Okinawa Obon and Festival

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West Hawaii has held three community meetings spurred by business concerns with folks sharing their frustrations.  There was one in May, June and most recently last week. 

On Maui the annual Point in Time count showed a slight decline, but on Kauai the numbers appear to have skyrocketed.  What’s a community to do? On the Big Island some business have suggested taking matters into their own hands.  

Today's show is a rebroadcast, where we sat down to talk about the homelessness situation on the neighbor islands and the role communities play in finding solutions.  Our guest panelists are:

  • Jillian Okamoto, Division Administrator for Housing Assistance and Referral Programs for  Catholic Charities Hawaii.
  • Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Services Hawaii and Chair of Bridging the Gap, a coalition of agencies working to end homelessness on the neighbor islands.
  • and Maude Cumming, Executive Director of the Family Life Center, Maui’s primary homeless outreach agency and previous chair of Bridging the Gap.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture; Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Homeless Outreach; Tourism’s Tipping Point; Conservation Canine Program; A Timeless Princess

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Homelessness advocates rallied yesterday at the State Capitol to demand legislative action on affordable housing and homeless services.

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A homeless community on Oahu’s leeward coast is one step closer to finding homes. The group received a $150,000 donation to help fund a plan to transition the residents of Pu'uhonua o Waianae to permanent housing. The money came from some of the biggest real estate trusts in Hawaii.

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No one is unaffected by houselessness in Hawai‘i.  There’s a panel coming up this weekend that could help those in Honolulu to understand the issues better. It is called Home Free: Aloha in Art  panel at Honolulu musuems’s Doris Duke theater Saturday  1pm.

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Discussing Houselessness; Voter Registration; Printmakers Show; Craftsman Fred Roster

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A traditional Lion Dance marked the official opening of the Joint Outreach Center – located next to the Downtown Police Substation on Hotel Street. Leaders from government, healthcare, and the non-profit communities gathered to mark its opening.

The Conversation: Monday, April 30th, 2018

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Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

The Conversation: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

The Conversation: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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2018 Homeless Survey; Education Philosophy; Hotel Disaster Preparedness; Freddie Miranda Jr.

The Conversation: Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Homeless Youth; CHIP in Hawaii; Recovering MIA Americans; Tin Type Photography

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Claire Cutler, one of the hosts of the Homeward Bound Thanksgiving 5k  to end homelessness in Hawaii. It benefits area homeless service provider IHS, the Institute for Human Services. Hawaii is home to the worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States per capita. Open to individuals and families of runners, joggers and walkers, it happens in Honolulu Thanksgiving morning at 7 a.m.

The Conversation: Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Homeless Safe Zones and Sit-Lie Bans

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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Aversion to the Homeless; Attorney-Client Privilege; Halting Invasive Algae

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This week Helping Hand wraps up three weeks relating to Hawai‘i’s homeless crisis, the most severe per capita in the US (hear our previous two segments with Institute for Human Services and Mental Health Kōkua). We conclude with local nonprofit Alea Bridge, focused on outreach to the homeless, and other at-risk populations in central O’ahu.