FLASH: Honolulu streets are still a mess

*UPDATE BELOW The cool kids on the short bus have finally figured out that many Honolulu streets remain trashed and full of vagrant drug addicts and lunatics, despite sketchy reports that suggest the number of homeless people on Oahu has slightly dipped. After repeating the same vapid prattle for years regarding the annual “Point in … More FLASH: Honolulu streets are still a mess

‘Hard-core homeless are taking over’

A column in today’s newspaper pretty much nailed it:  Although many Honolulu residents have plenty of compassion for homeless people who are just down on their luck, and truly want to help them, there is also growing frustration and anger about the inability and unwillingness of officials to do something about the growing number of … More ‘Hard-core homeless are taking over’

Honolulu mayor exploits Thanksgiving to spin Iwilei homeless center debacle

More than two years after announcing Honolulu’s $6.3 million purchase of an old industrial building in Iwilei to serve as a “state-of-the-art” homeless center, the city’s mayor still can’t give a specific date for the center’s opening. And the clueless media STILL can’t get the basic facts straight. Mayor Kirk Caldwell staged an obvious dog-and-pony … More Honolulu mayor exploits Thanksgiving to spin Iwilei homeless center debacle

TV news finally starts sniffing at Iwilei homeless center debacle

A day after police shot and killed a machete-swinging loon outside the governor’s bedroom window, people are finally starting to question what’s going on with the city’s long-delayed “state-of-the-art” homeless center in Iwilei, which is supposed to provide mental health services and address many other needs of street dwellers. But they’re not getting many answers. … More TV news finally starts sniffing at Iwilei homeless center debacle

Cost of long-delayed Iwilei homeless center skyrockets

More than two years after Honolulu’s mayor loudly proclaimed that the city was launching a new “state of the art” homeless center in bum-swamped Iwilei, the cost of the showcase facility has already doubled but a completion date remains as elusive as ever. The mayor’s original price tag for buying and furnishing an existing light … More Cost of long-delayed Iwilei homeless center skyrockets

Career criminal brandished knife at cop. They let him go. So he stabbed somebody.

Waving a knife at a police officer isn’t enough to get you locked up these days, even if you have a lengthy rap sheet that includes arson, assault, burglary, theft, and numerous other offenses. So what happens next?  A stabbing that may very well cost another man his life. Police were called to a clothing … More Career criminal brandished knife at cop. They let him go. So he stabbed somebody.

Homeless center mystery and candidate’s boasts receive minor scrutiny

A new approach to providing health services to homeless people to help keep them from unnecessarily clogging hospital emergency rooms received a little media attention the other day, but unfortunately quite a few questions were left unanswered. The attention was driven by claims being publicly made by state Sen. Josh Green, the well-funded apparent front-running … More Homeless center mystery and candidate’s boasts receive minor scrutiny

Has Honolulu’s mayor really gone nuts?

Has Honolulu’s obstinate vagrant population and intractable homelessness crisis pushed Mayor Kirk Caldwell over the edge and prompted him to consider checking into a mental health facility? Well, that’s probably not what the newspaper really meant with this headline, but then again they may be trying to hint at something. Because somewhere in the deep … More Has Honolulu’s mayor really gone nuts?

City Hall busted in fib about number of shelter homeless finding real housing

It was a pretty fantastic success claim by Honolulu’s homeless honcho:  Forty percent of the homeless people in shelters on the island are placed into housing each month. Turns out that was total bullshit. What he um, er,  uh, really meant to say was that of the people who leave shelters each month, forty percent … More City Hall busted in fib about number of shelter homeless finding real housing

So what’s the plan to reduce homelessness in Hawaii?

The race for Hawaii governor is turning out to be a close one, with the latest poll suggesting that incumbent Governor David Ige has pulled ahead of challenger Colleen Hanabusa after trailing her a few months back. But reducing and managing homelessness in Hawaii hasn’t been the hot topic one would expect, given the burning … More So what’s the plan to reduce homelessness in Hawaii?