Talk Story

This week we talk story with Lea Minton with the University Health Partners of Hawaii Midwifery Integration Home Visitation (MI-Home) program.  Lea shares about the program, which was established in July 2019 and is funded through a combination of AlohaCare Waiwai Ola grant funds and funding from the Omidyar Ohana fund.  She talks about the way her program collaborates with federally qualified health centers, Partners in Care and other homeless service providers, and provides full service navigation to those in need.   In addition, Lea talks story about the importance of building relationships and how important a simple human connection can be in assisting someone to get connected to care and stability.  

What is ‘Talk Story’?
In Hawaii, ‘talk story’ is pidgin for talking with old friends, passing time by chit-chatting, or rekindling old times.   The Talk Story segment is a way for the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness to talk with other leaders in Hawaii’s homelessness response system to get to know them, and to hear about the work that is happening everyday to end homelessness in our community.   The ‘Talk Story’ program is consistent with the statutory responsibility of the coordinator and the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness to develop and implement “a public education program on homelessness in Hawaii and disseminate information including data and best practices” (Section 346-381, Hawaii Revised Statutes).

Please click on the links below to view other ‘Talk Story’ segments:

Talk Story No. 1 (October 21, 2020) – Guest: Ashton Varner, Kauai County Homeless Coordinator

Talk Story No. 2 (October 27, 2020) – Guest: David Nakama, Maui County Homeless Coordinator

Talk Story No. 3 (October 29, 2020), Guest: Sharon Hirota, Hawaii County Homeless Coordinator

Talk Story No. 4 (November 3, 2020) – Guest: Laura Thielen, Executive Director of Partners in Care

Talk Story No. 5 (November 5, 2020) – Guest: Marc Alexander, City & County of Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Housing

Talk Story No. 6 (November 12, 2020). Guest: Judith Clark, Executive Director, HYSN

Talk Story No. 7 (November 24, 2020): Guests: Toby Portner and Briana Levy, Hawaii Department of Education

Talk Story No. 8 (December 1, 2020): Le`a Minton, MI-HOME Project











Building off of the Road to Home.
Talk Story follows in the steps of ‘Road to Home,’ a regular segment on KHVH from 2017 to 2019, which featured a number of conversations on homelessness with host Rick Hamada.  The Road to Home aired its last episode in December 2019.   To listen to previous episodes, visit the Road to Home site here.

Hear More About the Stories of Providers Working to End Homelessness in Hawaii.
Prior to ‘Talk Story,’ our staff also conducted video interviews with homeless services providers to highlight their work and the efforts to provide services during the COVID pandemic.   Those stories are featured below:

ALEA Bridge Executive Director Nicky Winter shares an update on their programs.

Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center’s Medical Director Christina Wang shares about their street outreach program.

Catholic Charities Hawaii Legislative Liaison Betty Lou Larson shares about homeless advocacy efforts.

Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center Community Health Outreach Worker Kaleka Kaneiakala shares about the syringe exchange program.

Kealahou West Oahu Tanya Tehotu shares about outreach on the Leeward Coast.

Legal Aid Senior Staff Attorney Janet Kelly shares about their homeless outreach and civil legal services programs.

The Salvation Army’s Family Service Office Program Director Anna Stone shares about their rapid rehousing and prevention programs.








U.S. Vets Outreach Coordinator Macy Sevaaetasi shares about their homeless outreach programs at a recent outreach event.

VA social worker Art Minor shares about homeless outreach and other programs available for homeless veterans.