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City unveils hygiene center for Oahu’s homeless

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Video by Bruce Asato
The city of Honolulu announced it will open a shower and toilet hygiene center on the ground floor of its latest facility to address homelessness -- a building in Iwilei that will offer more services than anywhere else in the country, according to Councilman Joey Manahan. The unnamed four-story building on Kuwili Street -- in Manahan's Council district -- is designed to include the ground-floor "hygiene center," a second level of medical services and two top floors of 40 studio apartments for people who would otherwise be living on the street. The hygiene center is expected to open by the end of the year, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. The entire building is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2019.
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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gail Kaito, the Department of Community Services’ Community Assistance Division Branch chief, on Monday toured the four-story building in Iwilei being set up to address the homeless population’s needs. The first floor will be a hygiene center, where Caldwell and Kaito looked over the laundry area.

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Above, one of the three bathroom facilities of the Revive + Refresh mobile hygiene trailer.

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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

The Revive + Refresh mobile hygiene trailer set up by Craig Shoji and his wife, Danica Fong-Shoji, includes three toilets and three showers. The Shojis now have a $400,000 contract with the city for five years.