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No sweep for Waianae homeless camp, Ige says

Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm
The leader of one of Oahu’s largest homeless encampments said Gov. David Ige on Tuesday promised her “no sweep” but offered no details on the future of the encampment known as Pu‘uhonua o Waianae, located next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor. Read More

Waianae homeless on edge as they await state action

Updated on  March 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm
The residents of a large homeless encampment near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor say they are agitated and worried about their future after state officials publicly announced this week that they would be working to close the camp in the coming months. Read More

Oahu’s first mobile homeless hygiene center hits the road

Updated on  February 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm
A nonprofit group has imported a 26-foot trailer equipped with bathrooms and toilets and is already towing it around Oahu to provide homeless people a place to get clean — and perhaps lead them off the streets. Read More

Grant helps homeless clients find housing faster

Updated on  February 27, 2018 at 12:11 am
Waikiki Health’s Next Step Shelter in Kakaako hopes to move 60 homeless clients out of the shelter and into market-rate apartments much faster this year after receiving a one-time grant to pay homeless people’s first month’s rent or security deposits. Read More

Waianae homeless invite public to see how they live

Updated on  February 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm
Amid increasing concerns from state officials, the nearly 200 residents of one of Oahu’s largest homeless encampments welcomed hundreds of curious people inside Sunday with the message that the encampment on state-owned land is a better alternative than another law enforcement sweep. Read More

State House rolls out bills on homeless crisis

Updated on  February 26, 2018 at 5:43 pm
To address homelessness, state Rep. John Mizuno, chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, wants to resurrect proposals in dormant bills as well as introduce new ideas — such as offering a state lease to relocate the nearly 200-­person homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor known as Pu‘uhonua o Waianae. Read More

State looks to revive medical program for homeless

Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm
State officials are hoping to revive a short-lived community paramedicine program to prevent unnecessary 911 calls and reduce health care expenditures. Read More

Homeless holding open house at Waianae encampment

Updated on  February 23, 2018 at 10:41 pm
The residents of the homeless encampment known as Pu‘uhonua o Waianae next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor want the public to see what life is like in the encampment — so they plan to have an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Read More

Waimanalo land lease offers possible solution for Waianae homeless camp

Updated on  February 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm
Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele believes his state lease on more than 55 acres of Waimanalo land provides a Hawaiian-based road map for ending escalating tensions over the homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor known as Pu‘uhonua o Waianae. Read More

Waianae homeless camp seeks help from state

Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Residents of a large homeless encampment near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor say they are not to blame for many of the concerns being cited as reasons to explore shutting down the village on state-owned property. Read More

Lawmakers seek solutions for Waianae encampment

Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 1:02 am
Leadership in the state House of Representatives tabled a bill Tuesday that would have protected roughly 200 residents of a long-standing homeless encampment near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor from being swept from the state-owned property. Read More

Bill would prevent sweep of Waianae homeless camp

Updated on  February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm
In response to growing concerns about one of the state’s largest homeless encampments several state representatives want a new law that would protect the occupants from getting swept off the state-owned land. Read More

Camp residents are expected to follow rules

Updated on  February 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm
There are strict rules regulating daily life inside Pu‘uhonua O Waianae — and those who repeatedly violate them are kicked out. Read More

‘Rare ecosystem’ being destroyed as homeless move in

Updated on  February 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm
State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials believe the state-owned land beneath the Pu‘uhonua O Waianae homeless encampment contains ancient burial sites, pre- and post-contact rock walls that have been destroyed, and a rare “Waianae lineage” of half-inch-long shrimp living in an underground cave system. Read More

Growing Waianae homeless camp at center of dispute at harbor

Updated on  February 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm
State and city lawmakers once looked at one of Oahu’s biggest homeless encampments — Pu‘uhonua O Waianae next door to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor — as a potential model for what government-sanctioned homeless “safe zones” could look like across the islands. Read More

Some homeless youth on Oahu forced into ‘survival sex’

Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 9:06 am
Homeless youth on Oahu tend to have been abused by their parents, became homeless at the age of 14, on average, and generally live a dangerous and disturbing existence where most tried to kill themselves while others were forced to perform “survival sex,” according to the first study of its kind in four decades. Read More

Hotel taxes are eyed for 1-way tickets for homeless

Updated on  January 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm
The state’s hotel taxes could support repatriation efforts by the private sector to return homeless people in resort areas to the mainland under a proposal lawmakers are considering. Read More

Annual Point-in-Time survey of isle homeless begins

Updated on  January 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Social service workers, government workers and community volunteers fanned out across the islands Monday night for the first night of a homeless population census. Read More

Volunteers needed for Oahu’s annual homeless count

Updated on  January 18, 2018 at 12:27 am
Dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers are still needed for next week’s census of Oahu’s homeless population — but the head of the annual Point in Time Count isn’t concerned. Read More

Kahauiki Village opens for homeless working families

Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Businessman Duane Kurisu’s vision to provide permanent homes for homeless, working families in a plantation-style community became reality Friday when the first of 30 families moved into the first phase of Kurisu’s Kahauiki Village, made out of prefabricated homes that once housed victims of Japan’s 2011 tsunami. Read More

Homeless shuffle to avoid Kakaako park closures

Updated on  January 9, 2018 at 10:33 pm
More than a dozen homeless encampments returned to the mauka Kakaako Gateway Park as state and city officials continue to close and reopen parks overrun by homeless people in Kakaako. Read More