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Ige meets with leader of homeless camp


• Updated on  March 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm
Gov. David Ige on Friday had his second sit-down this month with the leader of one of Oahu’s largest homeless encampments following the governor’s March 13 pledge not to sweep Pu‘uhonua o Waianae. Read More

8 groups vow to end homeless family situations


• Updated on  March 27, 2018 at 12:25 am
Eight nonprofit organizations that have been working together to move homeless families out of shelters and into permanent homes faster have recruited six more agencies from across the state and are vowing to “end” homelessness for island families by the end of the year. Read More

Most see homeless problem getting worse


• Updated on  March 26, 2018 at 12:52 am
Registered island voters, in general, do not believe Hawaii’s homeless problem has improved over the last year, and 62 percent support the idea of so-called “safe zones” for homeless people to live without fear of getting swept. Read More

Newly shuttered ‘ohana zone’ offers lessons for future tent cities


• Updated on  March 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm
There are opposite takeaways from this week’s sudden closure of Hawaii’s only homeless, government-sanctioned “ohana zone,” Camp Kikaha in Kailua-Kona. Read More

House bill defunds existing homeless programs

House members have decimated Gov. David Ige’s budget request for programs benefiting the homeless and that prioritize finding permanent housing, and instead want to spend $30 million to create an unknown number of zones sanctioned for homeless encampments across the islands. Read More
Updated on  March 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm

3 homeless families receive house keys


• Updated on  March 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Three formerly homeless families from the Waianae Coast received keys to new homes Monday as the city continues to work to reduce the nation’s largest per capita rate of homelessness. Read More
 

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

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