Community Engagement – Homelessness Awareness Week

March 23, 2015

HONOLULU — Hawai'i Pacific University will spend a week focusing on the topic of homelessness and encouraging engagement in this important issue. Sponsored by HPU's School of Social Work, events are free and open to the public. Events listing and more information at

Showing of 'The Soloist,' starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
Friday, March 27
The movie chronicles the friendship between LA Times reporter Steve Lopez and a prodigal musician who left Julliard due to a mental illness and was living homeless. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Fort Street Mall and Hawaii Loa campus. More information at

HPU Science Pub-Hawai'i: 'Skid Row Chronicles with Steve Lopez'Steven Lopez
Monday, March 30
The author of "The Soloist" shares his thoughts on personal advocacy, homelessness and mental health, and the power of relationships to create change. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower Marketplace. More information at

'The Politics of Homelessness: Big Picture Solutions'
Tuesday, March 31
This community panel will provide information and opportunity for discussion about Hawai'i's unique experience of homelessness. Noon-1:30 p.m., Kamiano Center, Fort Street Mall. More information and speakers listed at

Take Action on Homelessness: A street fair
Wednesday, April 1
This fair will give you an opportunity to identify ways to get involved. Meet representatives from agencies who are working on the issue of homelessness and welcoming of volunteers or discussion. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fort Street Mall. More information at

'The Urban Forest' exhibit
Wednesday, April 1
Diana Kim is a local photographer/law student who has spent two years photo-documenting her father's life on the streets. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., meet and greet with artist, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Bishop Place, 2nd floor lobby (1132 Bishop). More information at

Presentation of the play 'Houseless in Paradise'
Wednesday, April 1
Playwright and Professor of English Mark Tjarks, Ph.D., interviewed members of Oahu's "houseless" community and shares those stories in this Po'okela Award-winning production. 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Fort Street Mall. More information at

'Pieces of the Puzzle: What We Can Learn from the Disciplines'
Thursday, April 2
This academic panel will explore homelessness from various disciplinary perspectives. Noon-1:30 p.m., Kamiano Center, Fort Street Mall. More information and speakers listed at

'Houseless in Paradise' and 'The Unsalable Thing'
Thursday, April 2 
Professor of English Mark Tjark's PlayBuilders Festival 2015 award-winning "The Unsalable Thing," and an abbreviated version of the Po'okela award-winning "Houseless" will be presented. 7 p.m.-9 p.m., ARTS at Mark's Garage. More information at