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TO OUR READERS

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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JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pu‘uhonua o Waianae’s board president, James Pakele, became emotional during the announcement of the purchase of a 20-acre parcel of land.
Waianae homeless camp to move inland

In the first project of its kind, the leaders of the homeless encampment known as Pu‘uhonua o Waianae announced Monday that they are in escrow to buy a 20-acre parcel of land. Read more

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A police officer woke up a homeless person on Hotel Street in Chinatown. In the LEAD program, police who are about to arrest or ticket a homeless person give the person an option to get the ticket or see to a social worker, who then enrolls the person in the LEAD program.
Homeless program shows positive results after first year

A new partnership between Hono­lulu law enforcement and outreach workers to encourage homeless people in Chinatown to seek help and housing has dramatically reduced the number of law enforcement encounters, calls for medical treatment and days spent on the street. Read more

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