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
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
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.
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 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?
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
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?
Mayor Kirk Caldwell just doesn’t get it. Or just doesn’t want to get it. He’s allowed Ala Moana Park, which he correctly describes as Honolulu’s “Crown Jewel,” to become a dirty, dangerous place haunted by drug-addled bums and ranting lunatics who trash the place and frighten longtime recreational users who are not receiving what their … More Mayor’s Ala Moana Park debacle
This week marks two solid years since the mayor announced with great fanfare during the heat of his wobbly re-election campaign that the City and County of Honolulu was spending $6.3 million of taxpayer money to open a new “state of the art” homeless center in Iwilei. It still hasn’t opened, and nobody seems to … More Honolulu media lapdogs ignore homeless center mystery
The newspaper finally figured out that surly squatters who were finally booted from the Kakaako parks they wrecked for so long have now ensconced themselves around nearby Mother Waldron Park and nobody seems to know what to do about it. That’s the long and short of a meandering mess that provides brief glimpses into the … More Kakaako squatter-go-’round keeps spinning