Many homeless face attacks
HONOLULU (AP) — A survey of homeless people on Oahu suggests nearly a third have been the victim of a violent attack since ending up on the street.
The survey of 439 homeless people by nonprofit 100,000 Homes Oahu also suggests more than a third had at least one characteristic making it more likely that living on the street could prove fatal.
Coordinator Kent Anderson says those factors include simultaneously suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other health problems and being over 60 years old. Nearly two-thirds of responders reported substance abuse problems while roughly 45 percent said they had mental illness.
Organizers say the data will be used to determine who will get a chance at permanent supportive housing.
Briefing on UH financial issues
HONOLULU (AP) — A special state Senate committee will hold its initial briefing on concerns about how finances are handled at the University of Hawaii.
Today’s briefing is expected to delve into a botched Stevie Wonder concert that needed to be canceled after officials learned the event wasn’t approved by the artist or his representatives. The university lost $200,000, along with public confidence.
The Special Committee on Accountability’s briefing was called in response to the public’s concern about the concert. But the briefing will also review the university’s broader financial management.
The chair of the university’s Board of Regents, the university’s president and the former athletic director are expected to go before the committee.
Hawaiian work shown in D.C.
HONOLULU (AP) — Native Hawaiian artwork is on display in the hearing room of a Senate committee in Washington, D.C.
The Hawaiian Way Fund says this is the first time in the history of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs that art depicting Native Hawaiians is showcased.
The committee is chaired by Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Akaka. The fund says Native Hawaiian businesses and nonprofits helped purchase the piece, which will be on permanent loan to the committee. The painting’s artist is Brook Kapukuniahi Parker, who is from Kahaluu.
State impounds boats at Ala Wai
HONOLULU (AP) — State land resources officials have impounded three boats that were illegally moored in one of Hawaii’s largest recreational harbors amid complaints from regular tenants.
An Oahu official for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said that such harbors have waiting lists for paying tenants.
Meghan Statts says there’s often illegal moorings at Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbor because they’re the “only harbors where live-aboards are allowed.”
She says the problem is not unique to Oahu but more boats are impounded there because it’s the home port for the majority of registered vessels.
If a boat is impounded, the state’s boating division takes inventory of what’s aboard and a marine surveyor values it. It is then offered at public auction or destroyed.