By Catherine Cruz  July 8, 2019


In West Hawaii this month, close to 150 people turned out at a meeting to express their frustration at the response by officials to deal with homeless complaints.  On Maui the annual Point in Time count showed a slight decline, but on Kauai the numbers appear to have skyrocketed.  What’s a community to do? On the Big Island some business have suggested taking matters into their own hands.  

Today we sit down to talk about the homelessness situation on the neighbor islands and the role communities play in finding solutions.  Our guests are: 

  • Jillian Okamoto, Division Administrator for Housing Assistance and Referral Programs for  Catholic Charities Hawaii.
  • Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Services Hawaii and Chair of Bridging the Gap, a coalition of agencies working to end homelessness on the neighbor islands.
  • and Maude Cumming, Executive Director of the Family Life Center, Maui’s primary homeless outreach agency and previous chair of Bridging the Gap.


Listen to the full show direct from Hawaii Public Radio here.