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Found Dog: Kahala

July 29th, 2015 · 13 Comments

Lost in Kahala

This little guy found himself in back of our new house in Kahala. Kealaolu Avenue. He’s scared, obviously lost, very shy.

Male, Bichon Frise. Dirty feet, so he didn’t just wander from next door, or at least didn’t run away just this morning.

We’re going to check if he’s chipped.

Don’t know whether to turn him in to the Humane Society or not.

What are the options, dog people??

I did turn in the Humane Society’s “found animal” form, with photo.

Please pass the word, and I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Kicking the homeless problem down the road

July 29th, 2015 · 14 Comments

It isn’t hard to find the reasons that we’re now facing a human disaster in the lack of affordable housing which has driven more and ore people onto the streets. At least part of it is official dithering and failure to address the admittedly difficult issue.

I’m looking at a Honolulu Advertiser editorial published on June 2, 2004, just over 11 years ago. I’m sure that with a bit of digging, I could turn up the same thing being written in 1994, and earlier.

The 2004 headline: “Homeless crisis requires new solutions.”

At that time, it was abundantly clear that this was problem already at the crisis stage and getting worse.

Homelessness is a problem that’s sure to get a lot worse here before it gets better. According to government figures, it’s worsened by 61 percent in the last three years. No one can take pride in the city’s dismal record of rousting homeless people from beaches, parks and malls without ever suggesting where they might be welcome.

The Honolulu City Council had just rejected funding for “a campus-like comprehensive housing and service center” for the homeless, and spending the money elsewhere.

And now the council is diverting $15.3 million intended to build Harris’ transitional center for the homeless to other concerns, mostly unrelated to homelessness. If Harris’ proposal seems outdated, we’re amazed at the lack of government agencies making homelessness a priority, and we applaud him for taking the issue on.

The editorial makes the point that it’s not homeless shelters, but permanent affordable housing, that’s required.

“The solution to homelessness is housing,” the director of the Institute for Human Services was quoted at the time.

The trend on the Mainland is not toward new homeless shelters, but permanent supportive housing. Homeless clients are assigned to management teams, which provide a cocktail of services from psychology to nutrition, including, for those who need it, management of their welfare or disability income to ensure that their rent is paid on time. The state should join the city in devising these service-delivery teams.

Once people don’t have to move from place to place, they can find stability in treatment for mental illness and drug treatment, and then jobs.

“All they need is a place to live,” Maunakea says.

And here we are, eleven years later, and almost nothing has changed except that the problems have grown, as you could have predicted.

Larry Geller, quoted here yesterday, worries that “Housing First” plans are going to be swept aside by a new enthusiasm for homeless shelters.

The crisis in homelessness isn’t confined to Hawaii. This is a national issue. It’s the kind of issue that should lead to federal funds being made available to meet local needs. And the failure of the federal government to play a constructive role, and provide needed resources to local governments, has certainly exacerbated the problem.

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A few items of note (Maui lobbying, homelessness, blog ads, and a hacker attack)

July 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments

A few brief items for this morning.

• In a column published in the Maui News this week, and reprinted on the Maui County website, County Council Chair Mike White suggests that Maui’s lobbyist law is not being enforced.

The law, which dates from 1981, requires any person who is compensated for lobbying either the administration or the council must first register with the Board of Ethics “setting forth the name, mailing address, business telephone number, and subject matter of the lobbyist.”

However, White points to a constituent’s experience which suggests the law is not being followed.

In practice, however, the laudable principles laid out in the County Code and the Board of Ethics’ rules are apparently being disregarded, as recently brought to my attention by a member of the public.

This constituent sought to review the current list of lobbyists and was rebuffed by the county administration, until filing a formal request for public records under the Uniform Information Practices Act, the state’s public records law. Once documentation was provided, the list was so short it seemed obvious the registration requirement isn’t being enforced.

It will be interesting to see whether White’s comments, and his position as council chair, will gain any traction on this issue.

• And a reader here raised this question: ” Its weird that you cover the DOE student travel story…and then this ad for one of the companies comes on to your blog. How do the ads worK?”

Well, these ads are served up by Google, which uses some kind of contextual algorithm to “target” ads for the content of the site, and/or the interests of the person visiting the site. At least that’s how I understand the process. It’s not something that I have any direct control over.

• And closer to home, my hosting service notified me on Sunday that I’ve been under attack.

This is a notification that we have been forced to make some changes to your account due to a large volume of continual brute force attempts on your WordPress logins (upwards of 15,000+/day). While we do have security modules in place to block access after a certain volume of failed logins, these brute force attempts have been distributed over hundreds of constantly changing IPs, and the rate is such that the security modules and firewall cannot block all the attempts, leading to poor performance on the server.

So now there’s a two-level log-in procedure, which is being closely watched to see if it discourages these hacking attempts.

• Following Governor Ige’s announcement of the appointment of a “Leadership Team on Homelessness,” Larry Geller (DisappearedNews.com) added some telling comments.

First, he notes the firing of the state’s “homeless czar,” which was not mentioned in the governor’s press release.

Director of the state Department of Human Services Rachel Wong gave homeless czar Colin Kippen four days notice today—his last day at work will be July 31.

Throughout his tenure Kippen was never given a budget to carry out his responsibilities.

And Geller notes that the new “Leadership Team” is “composed entirely of politicians rather than housing or social service experts.”

According to the governor’s press release:

“The underlying issues that lead to homelessness, such as lack of affordable housing, cannot be resolved quickly,” said Gov. Ige. “Meanwhile, we cannot wait for a comprehensive, long-term solution. There are measures we can take and will take, immediately.”

The question is whether, once again, these short-term measures pirate all available resources so that those long term solutions to underlying issues are again ignored?

As Geller notes: “The news release does not mention Housing First, the evidence-based program that has worked so successfully elsewhere on the Mainland. It appears that the focus may be on finding ‘short-term’ solutions, which may mean forcible relocation of individuals and families from Kakaako and other encampments to other temporary locations.”

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Another history mystery: Who are these men?

July 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Here’s a question for the history buffs among you: Who are these men and why are they posing in front of this Hawaiian Airlines plane in October 1951? To be precise, the photo is marked October 25, 1951.

A Google search for “Hawaiian Airlines” on that date didn’t turn up anything. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some historical data to be found online somewhere.

The negative was damaged, apparently partially melted at some point, but the image is still relatively clear.

Any ideas?

And, as usual, click on the photo to see a larger version.

October 25, 1951

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More of Hawaii around 1949: Enchanted Lake area of Kailua

July 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

More from the stack of negatives which recently turned up in the last of my dad’s papers, most featuring Hawaiian Airlines planes over various parts of the islands.

In this shot, the HAL DC3 is flying over what appears to be the area that later became Joe Pao’s Enchanted Lake subdivision.

I’m not familiar enough with this part of Kailua to recognize all the landmarks.

And the area, of course, has been completely transformed by development during the period from 1960 to the present.

c. 1949

Also see:

Waimanalo about 1949: Another view

Waimanalo: Another look back at Hawaii around 1949

Windward Oahu–Another look back to Hawaii around 1949

Wailuku, Maui, viewed from somewhere above Kahului

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