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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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                                Department of Land and Natural Resources crews cleared 30 campsites from Diamond Head over the past week.
State, city remove homeless camps at Diamond Head

The state and city are coordinating this week in cleanups and removal of homeless encampments in their respective lands on the slopes of Diamond Head Crater, officials confirmed Wednesday. Read more

                                Thirty long-term camps on the sides of Diamond Head Crater have been cleaned up over the past week, state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said today.
State removes 30 homeless camps from Diamond Head

Thirty long-term camps on the sides of Diamond Head Crater have been cleaned up over the past week, state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said today. Read more

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                                Misty Kelai, executive director of the Office of Culture and the Arts, performed a blessing Tuesday during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of 21 studio apartments at Punawai Rest Stop, a homeless care facility in Kalihi, with the first permanent residents expected to move in by the end of the month.
Homeless project to welcome new residents

The first occupants will move into the city’s new Punawai Rest Stop studio apartments in Iwilei around Thanksgiving, months ahead of schedule, offering outgoing Mayor Kirk Caldwell and outgoing City Councilman Joey Manahan an opportunity to bookend their five-year-long partnership to reduce homelessness. Read more

                                Harish Rao and his friend Jay brought chairs for their wait in line to vote at Honolulu Hale on Tuesday.
Long Election Day voter lines lead to complaints

Honolulu election officials said they anticipated more Oahu residents would show up on Election Day to vote at one of the two designated voter services centers on the island, just not 4,520 of them during that 12-hour span. Read more

                                Pedestrians walking along N. King Street.
64% polled say Chinatown still feels safe

Honolulu’s original neighborhood — the 52.2-acre parcel of land known as Chinatown — still feels “safe” to 64% of registered voters despite complaints about homelessness, crime and concerns early this year that it could be the source of COVID-19. Read more

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