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The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee today focused on financing for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State and City hosted a Landlord Summit today to ask O’ahu property owners and managers to rent more of their housing units to the homeless.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Opponents of commercial aquarium fish collecting in Hawai’i were handed a setback today by the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state was scheduled to enforce park closure hours beginning last night for homeless campers in Kaka’ako and Kewalo.  But the estimated 130 overnight campers got a reprieve yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

A number of ceremonies were conducted today to honor more than 120,000 military veterans living in Hawai’i.  But many of these veterans are having a tough time obtaining the medical care they earned and are entitled to.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one case.

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The high cost of housing in Hawai’i is a challenge for local employers who must recruit and retain workers.  That was the topic of a panel discussion today sponsored by the Building Industry Association and Chamber of Commerce.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawai’i’s third largest political party conducted its state convention over the weekend and marked the official start of its 2016 election season.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Wayne Yoshioka

Environmental Groups are calling on the state to suspend the collection of reef wildlife for the aquarium pet industry.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would add another step in the approval process for O’ahu’s City’s Bike Plan.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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O’ahu Social Service Providers say they are on track to end Veterans Homelessness by the end of 2015.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, not all eligible veterans are being helped. 

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The Honolulu City Council Zoning Committee unanimously approved an affordable housing project today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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People who serve their full prison sentences are at great risk of becoming homeless on O’ahu.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s a situation without a clear solution.

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The election for Native Hawaiian convention delegates is scheduled to begin Sunday and last for one month.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are deep divisions within that island community.

Honolulu Board of Water Supply

The State and the Federal Government signed off last month on a long-term plan to prevent future fuel spills at the Navy’s Red Hill Facility.   The facility is located above O’ahu’s largest fresh water source.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City is not satisfied with the plan. 

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A large segment of the homeless population in Kaka’ako has moved to nearby state parks.   In response to this development, the Governor announced plans for a coordinated effort to enforce park closure rules.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports at least one frequent park user supports the plan.

Mayoral Rivals?

Oct 8, 2015

When people talk about political campaigns, the focus these days is usually on the presidential primary elections.  But locally, among the races coming up is the one for Honolulu Mayor.  There are less than four months remaining until candidates can file to run - and there’s already a bit of tension between two potential rivals.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Wayne Yoshioka

City officials are set to resume sweeps of the Kaka‘ako homeless encampments in Honolulu tomorrow morning.  State homelessness coordinator Scott Morishige says there is shelter space available for all the residents.  Efforts of a different kind are continuing for another segment of the homeless population: military veterans. 

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

All this week, Hawai‘i Public Radio is revisiting stories we’ve covered in the past to bring you up to date with the latest developments.  It’s a series we call “Following Up.”

It’s been more than a year since the Veterans Administration came under fire for problems throughout its health care system - including stories of veterans waiting months for medical care.  Last year, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with a number of local veterans who complained about their VA medical treatment.  Today, he follows up on one of those cases.

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According to the UH Center on the Family, nearly 15 percent of children on O’ahu live in poverty.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one program that focuses on housing school-age youngsters and their parents. 

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Two Mauna Kea protesters addressed the 14th annual Native Hawaiian Conference today.  They presented their own perspectives on why they oppose the telescope project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City continues its sidewalk enforcement in Kaka’ako and has placed nearly one-third of the homeless individuals and families into emergency shelters.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, homeless youth in the area have only a few options.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu’s over-budget rail transit project is completing mile 5 of its elevated guideway and making its way through the heart of Waipahu.  Officials announced the resolution of a major issue that impacted a number of businesses there.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City and County of Honolulu continued enforcement of its sidewalk nuisance ordinance in Kaka’ako today.   Meanwhile, a panel discussion on building more affordable housing to ease homelessness was conducted.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City conducted a second “sweep” in Kaka’ako today to enforce the sidewalk nuisance ordinance.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court today challenging the City and County of Honolulu’s actions against homeless people and their personal property.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A Honolulu City Council Committee was briefed today on affordable housing options for people who are one step away from being homeless.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A measure to address affordable rental housing on O’ahu was signed into law today at a bill signing ceremony.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A Legislative Working Group is looking at addressing some of the issues facing the estimated 150-thousand-plus Family Caregivers in Hawai’i.   Lawmakers heard from community stake-holders today as part of their on-going public hearings.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu Police Department launched a new public safety initiative during a news conference today.  The goal is to shorten response times and save lives.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City and County of Honolulu began clean-up operations at the Kaka’ako homeless encampment today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

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