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                                Food donations.
Contractors, developers team up to donate food on rural Oahu

A hui of 14 contractors, developers and the Great Aloha Run donated a total of $260,000 in two days to create three food distribution sites on Oahu this month to try to keep up with the ongoing demand for food amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Student Holly Flores ate her lunch near Hamilton Library on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus on Wednesday.
University of Hawaii to open Aug. 24 with social distancing

The University of Hawaii’s 10-campus system plans to start classes on Aug. 24 with accommodations in the era of COVID-19, including still-evolving social distancing requirements, masks for everyone and a one-third reduction in on-campus housing at UH-Manoa and UH-Hilo. Read more

Women’s furlough program gets last-minute boost

Hawaii’s only work furlough program for female inmates, which faces financial extinction after today, received a badly needed boost of support when House Speaker Scott Saiki announced that the House Finance Committee is expected to approve $450,045 to keep the program alive. Read more

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                                <strong>“Whether they’re homeless or not, each person counts for $2,500 a year, so it’s important. It’s really important to get an accurate count.”</strong>
                                <strong>Marc Alexander</strong>
                                <em>Executive director, city Office of Housing</em>
Federal census of isle homeless is rescheduled for September

The once-every-decade federal census of Hawaii’s homeless population — which has been pushed to late September because of the COVID-19 pandemic — has the potential to affect Hawaii’s share of $800 billion in federal spending over the next 10 years, according to federal officials. Read more

DENNIS ODA / 2018
                                USGS officials and police patrolled the area near fissure 8 in Leilani Estates near Pahoa in Puna on the Big Island.
$20M available for ongoing Kilauea recovery

Recovery from the 2018 Kilauea eruption continues, with applications available for some of $20 million in new funding for private projects ranging from roof repairs to rebuilding private roads. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State homeless coordinator Scott Morishige spoke to homeless people living next to Waimalu Stream during the Point in Time count in January. This year 1,074 of the people identified as homeless on Oahu were counted through observation rather than via interview, a technique used in some mainland cities.
Hawaii sees slight uptick in homeless population

Hawaii lost its ignoble distinction last year of having the highest per capita rate of homelessness in America, but Oahu’s homeless count increased by 0.7 percent during the nation’s latest annual homeless census, while the neighbor islands saw a similar 1% increase. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Volunteer Shawn Chang loaded boxes of food into Yanique Hadley’s vehicle at the Ohana food distribution held Monday at the Hauula Civic Center.
Food demands in Hawaii increase as unemployment insurance complaints continue

The couple of hundred vehicles that lined up Monday in front of the Hauula Community Association on Kukuna Road symbolized the growing demand for food across the islands while some furloughed and laid-off workers still cannot get unemployment insurance, are appealing their denials or just recently got approved after months of frustration. Read more

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