IHS

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This week on Helping Hand we begin three weeks of related features covering the homeless epidemic in the Aloha State. We’re learning about IHS, the Institute For Human Services. IHS is one of the leading organizations in the effort to help the homeless in Hawai‘i, where the United States’ most severe homeless crisis per capita exists.

courtesy of Nik Lacchin

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Homeward Bound 5k 2016, a Thanksgiving morning 5k experience in Honolulu to benefit IHS, the Institute for Human Services, a local homeless services provider. The Aloha State has the worst homeless crisis in the nation.

The Conversation: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
Flickr - USFWS Pacific Region

Coral Reef Dredging; History of Pacific Nuclear Testing; Public-Private Partnership on Homelessness; Development in Waikiki; Jane Hirshfield Poetry 

Coral Reef Dredging in the South China Sea: Professor Camilo Mora

As Hawai’i grapples with the most devastating homeless crisis in the United States on a per capita basis, this week Helping Hand welcomes back IHS – the Institute for Human Services. Clinical Director Jerry Coffee joins HPR All Things Considered Local Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been nearly a year since tourism officials funded a plan to tackle Waikīkī’s homeless problem. Now they’re looking to expand the model to neighbor islands, starting first on Maui. HPR’s Molly Solomon has an update.

Institute for Human Services

Homelessness was one of the issues taken up at the National Association for Rural Mental Health conference in Waikiki over the weekend.  One of O’ahu’s homeless shelter and services providers shared its experiences with attendees.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Institute for Human Services continues its mission in Waikiki to contact homeless people and offer social service assistance.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied the team and files this report.  

IHS
IHS

The Third Annual Fishing Tournament for Hawai’i’s Hungry was conducted over the weekend. Today, the fish was cleaned and prepared for Institute for Human Services homeless shelter clients and guests. Volunteer Chef Eddie Mafnas supervised the cooking. 

More than 1,200 pounds of fish was caught in waters off the north shore of O’ahu during the two-day tournament.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss homeless housing and services on Oahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.