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Camp residents are expected to follow rules

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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
 

Court ends first year of decriminalized homelessness

As Oahu’s so-called “homeless court” moves into its second year, the chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court wants legislators to know that “it has brought life-changing experiences” to some of its homeless defendants. Read More

Mother Waldron Park closure prompts homeless to return to Kakaako waterfront

The city planned to shut down Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park in Kakaako for a month beginning late Tuesday night, prompting some homeless people like Al Saenz to try to sneak back into the shuttered Kakaako Waterfront Park where he started from. Read More

Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park to close for 1 month

The city’s Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park in Kakaako, which has been overrun with homeless encampments following the closure of neighboring state parks, will be shut down from Tuesday night until Feb. 2 “for maintenance.” Read More

Former soldier gathers volunteers to help homeless

In just two years Christina Bush has solicited donations through Facebook and Instagram that have generated thousands of dollars’ worth of new and used donations for hundreds of homeless and low- income children and families across Oahu while building a small but loyal group of volunteers. Read More

Santa brings gifts to kids on Waianae Coast

A single act of kindness was all that was needed to lift the spirits of hundreds of homeless keiki and their families on the Waianae Coast who were visited on Christmas by a Hawaiian Santa bearing gifts, toiletries and other basic necessities. Read More

Police cite homeless at Mother Waldron Park

A handful of homeless people at Mother Waldron Park in Kakaako on Friday packed up and headed out to someone else’s neighborhood after Honolulu police began issuing citations for the illegal encampment that swelled this week. Read More

Homeless set up camp in Mother Waldron Park

An estimated 50 chronically homeless people who were swept out of Kakaako Waterfront Park and its sister parks have erected dozens of tents and shelters in nearby Mother Waldron Park and along Pohukaina Street this week as city officials figure out what to do next with a homeless population they inherited from state officials. Read More

Many prefer homelessness to living in a no-pets shelter

The Hawaiian Humane Society wants to find out how many pets are living among Oahu’s nearly 5,000 homeless people — and how their love of animals might be preventing them from getting housed. Read More

Feasibility of state’s sole ‘safe zone’ put to test on Big Isle

Hawaii’s only government-sanctioned “safe zone” — Camp Kikaha in Kailua-Kona that grew out of a crisis in August — quickly burned through Hawaii County’s homeless budget while state officials continue to decide whether the approach to reducing homelessness should be part of an overall strategy. Read More

Proposed ‘tent cities’ rouse debate

Legislators and Gov. David Ige fundamentally disagree on whether the use of legalized homeless camps known as safe zones are an effective way of helping the state’s massive homeless population. Read More

Mom keeps fighting despite challenges

After years of addiction — to alcohol and to drugs from marijuana to crystal meth — Joanna Schutz is in recovery, sober for 20 months. Read More

Honolulu holds line on homelessness while West Coast rates climb in 2017

Honolulu’s homeless population increased by 19 people in 2017 — or 0.4 percent over 2016 — while cities and counties in other high-priced housing markets from Seattle to Los Angeles saw their homeless numbers jump by much more. Read More

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