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Statewide Homeless Awareness Week schedule

HONOLULU (KHNL) - As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month, Hawaii is celebrating with a variety of events all across the state. 

Below is a schedule of events:


  • Signing Of The Proclamation By The Mayor Of The City And County Of Honolulu On Thursday, November 6, 2008 at the Honolulu Hale, Mayor Mufi Hannemann signed the proclamation declaring November 16-22, 2008, "Homeless Awareness Week" with 20 providers and consumers in attendance.
  • E Komo Mai 2008- Open House at Ma'ili Land-Thursday, Nov. 13th, 9 am-11am & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Ma'ili Land Transitional Housing Programs will be opening their doors to everyone for a program orientation and site tour.
  • Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference, "Coming Together, Moving Forward"-Pacific Beach Hotel Wednesday, Nov. 18th (9:00 AM 0 4:00 PM) - SOLD OUT
  • Huliau: Challenge to Change Day presented by Hui Kako'o O Wai'anae (Wai'anae Coast Homeless Hui) Wednesday Nov. 19th (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) - A taste test/contest using only WIC approved foods. Homeless and service providers will learn new ways to prepare meals by utilizing the approved foods, and learn about other available programs.
  • Walk the Talk - A 10-Day homeless awareness and fundraiser walk around Oahu, starting Wednesday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 21, sponsored by Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope (H5). For information, click on the Walk the Talk link on this page.
  • HPHA Leeward Shelter Tour, consisting of tours of ten Leeward shelters. Wednesday, Nov. 19 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
  • Homeless Awareness Week Candlelight Vigil - Friday, Nov. 21, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, at the Hawaii State Capital, near the Father Damien statue. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with sign waving, candlelight ceremony, special entertainment, testimonials and dinner.



  • Signing Of The Proclamation By The Mayor Of Maui On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Mayor Charmaine Tavares signed the Proclamation commemorating Homeless Awareness Week.
  • Eighth Annual Health Fair for Homeless - Friday Nov. 21 sponsored by the Salvation Army
  • Feed My Sheep Fundraiser (a non-profit that provides food to needy people in the community - Friday, Nov. 21


  • County Proclamation Presentation Thursday, Nov. 13
  • Homeless Awareness Sunday - Sunday, Nov. 16. Fliers will be sent out to pastors of different churches on Kauai to take a moment during the church service to bring forth homeless concerns and how each congregation can be part of the movement of "Giving HOPE" to this high risk population.
  • Resource Fair, Ka Uapo Transitional Shelter (Former Lihue Courthouse) Wednesday, Nov. 19
  • Candlelight Vigil, Hoffgard Park, Waimea. Begins at 4:30 pm, with program to follow. Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Kauai Homeless Awareness Forum, Friday Nov. 21, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at the Piikoi conference rooms, County of Kauai offices. Breakout workshops on various homeless topics and issues will be presented to attendees and service providers. Candlelight vigil at the Historic County Building.

Big Island  

  • Mayor's Proclamation, Mayor's office November 17 at 1:30 PM - Hilo
  • Skip a Meal Day: November 19 Inviting the community to skip a meal and instead of purchasing lunch that day, please donate the money to your favorite charitable organization that helps feed those experiencing homelessness and hunger in our community.
  • Free Luncheon & Community Resource Fair for the Homeless and Hungry at Old Airport Pavilion, Kailua-Kona November 20 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Free meal, hygiene kits, clothing distribution, door prizes, haircuts and community information booths.
  • Homeless Awareness Candlelight Vigil November 21 at Wailoa State Park in Hilo (first pavilion at the entrance of the park) AND at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona, Alii Drive from 6:30 PM. This is a statewide effort recognizing the struggles and barriers families and individuals experience being homeless. A special reflection will also be offered in memory of those who have passed away while struggling and living their lives on the street, tents, parks or cars.
  • Free Luncheon & Community Resource Fair for the Homeless at Wailoa State Park, Large Pavilion - Hilo, November 22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Free meal, hygiene kits, clothing distribution, door prizes, haircuts & facials through the Beauty Corner, Keiki games and inflatable castle, Keiki ID, and community information booths.
  • November 22 & 23: Prince Kuhio Plaza is hosting their 2nd Annual "Festival of Giving" to help non-profit agencies raise money. $5 tickets are available to purchase from the Office for Social Ministry or at the mall entrances on the day of the Event. 100% of the proceeds go directly to local non-profit organizations. Admission will give you access to the Best Values of the season, discounts throughout the mall, complimentary Gift Wrapping, entertainment and prizes and Giveaways.

Other activities occurring throughout the month of November include:

  • Youth service learning food drive to kokua to organizations serving the hungry and homeless. Youth Advisory Council will create public service announcements and media coverage.
  • Schools throughout Hawaii Island are coordinating "homeless awareness" drives, collecting canned and non-perishable food, blankets, backpacks and hygiene/personal care items. Schools plan to donate items to local agencies assisting families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
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