Gov. Ige on tweaked travel requirements; Homelessness conference charts gains and needs; Honolulu weighs options to avoid layoffs; KCC farmers market reopens; Fresh milled rice in Kakaako

Among those who received citations the most for violating the stay-at-home order in the spring were the homeless. As a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens another lockdown, advocates fear that the homeless may be impacted again.

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Honolulu officials set up six tents at the Old Stadium Park Monday as part of its mobile homeless outreach program. Nearby residents are optimistic it will address homelessness, but they also have concerns. 

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government's response to natural disasters.

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Honolulu's acting chief medical examiner says 127 people considered homeless died on Oʻahu in 2019, up from two years ago.

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Hawaii is making progress in addressing homelessness, but hasn’t expanded existing programs enough to make a major dent in the problem, state lawmakers were told at a summit on the issue Tuesday.

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Honolulu authorities say a pilot mobile homeless center program has seen success after launching multiple inflatable tents at a park on Oahu.

Ashley Mizuo

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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HILO, Hawaii — The newest homeless shelter on the Big Island has reached near capacity weeks after opening, Hawaii housing officials said.

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Kaka'ako Waterfront Park will become City and County of Honolulu property on Friday. Honolulu officials are planning on repairing facilities – and addressing homelessness in the park.  

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The City and County of Honolulu is clearing large amounts of debris from Kea'au Beach Park and conducting enforcement activity to remove homeless encampments from the space.

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A pilot project aimed at reducing problems related to Oahu's homeless population is scheduled to begin offering a temporary hub for homeless services, officials said.

Ashley Mizuo

Some Chinatown merchants are not happy with the new garbage bag mandate that requires their trash be disposed of in city-required yellow bags for pickup by city trash collectors.

Ashley Mizuo

Chinatown merchants are now required to use city-mandated yellow bags to dispose of their curbside trash, otherwise it won't be picked up by city trash collectors.

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Homelessness in Hawaii remains a challenge on every island. As authorities and nonprofit groups work together trying to improve the situation, one country across the Pacific is considering a new approach.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk with the Executive Director of the Department of Housing at the City and County of Honolulu about "What Works Cities." A discussion about how the project leveraged data and evidence to effectively tackle pressing challenges with chronic homelessness. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Hawaii and New York share the highest rate of homelessness in the country. 46 of every 10,000 residents of Hawaii experienced homelessness at some point last year. The issue is also a point of growing concern in the capital city of New Zealand.

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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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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.

Legislature Funds 'Safe Zones' for Homeless

Apr 30, 2018

On Friday, legislators announced an agreement to set aside $30 million to address the homeless crisis. Conferees want to creat special zones for homeless. Some call them "safe zones," or ʻohana zones or kōkua zones. It's not an approach state and county homeless coordinators fully embrace.

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New figures out this week show that homelessness is a growing problem in Australia. The latest information shows the country’s homeless population has jumped by about 14-percent in the five years leading up to the latest survey. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wayne Yoshioka

Opening Day for the 2018 State Legislature is Wednesday. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this preview.

The Conversation: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Dec 6, 2017
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After Action Review of 2017 Point in Time Count; USS Bowfin; Citizen Engagement in 2017

The Conversation: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Oct 17, 2017
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State Homeless Coordinator; Sea Turtle Assessment; Artists for Social Justice

Hawai‘i Island: Old Airport Homeless Update

Aug 8, 2017
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Last week, Hawai'i County started clearing homeless people from Old Airport Park. It was the first step of a process that continues this week—with a more extensive cleanup.  The County and private agencies have made significant progress in helping resolve the issue of where people can live.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains.

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A dispute over a homeless encampment in Australia’s largest city has apparently come to an end. The mayor of Sydney says the city will provide a safe space for the homeless—although several details remain uncertain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Maui Beach Prepares for Homeless Sweep

May 22, 2017
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Baldwin Beach Park stretches for more than 17 acres along the north shore of Maui, just outside of Paia. It's got a soccer field, a softball field, and even a cricket pitch. It's also got a significant homeless population. Tomorrow, county officials will conduct a sweep of the area. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

Wayne Yoshioka

Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.