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Homeless in Hawaii


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now are joining forces to report on the ever-worsening homelessness crisis.

While both news organizations will continue to report daily stories on homelessness, we will work together on bigger projects that delve into all aspects of the issue. To reach the widest possible audience for these important projects on this crisis, you will see reports in print, online and on broadcasts.

For example, on this page of the Star-Advertiser and in Hawaii News Now broadcasts on Monday, you will find stories on homeless encampments you might not be aware of and learn details about some of them.

Through stories such as these, we hope to raise awareness among the public — and public officials — about the gravity of the situation and the need to take action to help the homeless and, by doing so, help our community.

Both newsrooms hope you, as readers and viewers, will help with this project by offering comments, observations and suggestions online and in letters to the editor. While a collaboration between two competing newsrooms is unusual, Hawaii’s homelessness crisis requires an unusual approach.

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                                The Puuhonua O Nene transitional shelter, photographed in Kahului, Maui.
Homeless shelter for Lahaina fire survivors filling up

A new pop-up homeless shelter on Maui with air- conditioned group tents, free meals, health services and planned movie nights has drawn considerable use a week after opening to serve people who were homeless in Lahaina before the town was leveled Aug. 8 by fire. Read more

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                                Kimo Carvalho, left, of HomeAid Hawaii, and James Koshiba, the governor’s coordinator on homelessness, were on hand Tuesday at the initial drop of the medical respite kauhale units behind them, at the state Capitol parking lot, across from The Queen’s Medical Center.
Hawaii’s first medical respite receives first units

The first of 12 units for Hawaii’s medical respite kauhale arrived Tuesday across the street from The Queen’s Medical Center in the mauka section of the state Department of Health parking lot, steps away from the Governor’s Mansion. Read more

                                The state’s first “medical respite kauhale” is planned for the parking lot next to the state Department of Health.
Homeless kauhale villages in Hawaii supported at Legislature

The Legislature has backed expanding Gov. Josh Green’s “kauhale” efforts to create permanent villages of tiny homes for homeless people across the islands, along with Hawaii’s first-ever effort to provide affordable rental units for teachers and other public school employees. Read more

                                Twice a month, River of Life Mission hands out food at its Chinatown location. Above, dry food and canned goods were ready to go during Friday’s distribution.
River of Life helps homeless with 40 sites across Oahu

River of Life Mission, once the center of blame for homelessness in Chinatown, has reinvented its model to aid the needy by shutting down its Chinatown feeding program and instead helping the homeless at 40 different sites across Oahu, with plans to expand to the neighbor islands and even to foreign countries. Read more

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