Stressing the need for flexibility in a challenging fiscal and political climate, Kiaʻāina urged the exploration of centralized, one-stop shop service or referral centers to help meet the needs of COFA residents in Hawaiʻi.
Last week, in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Kiaʻāina reaffirmed her vision of the one-stop shop approach as a "low-hanging fruit," hinting that interagency collaboration and resource pooling may be a key objective of future federal grant opportunities.
It remains unclear when such opportunities will be made available, and whether government and social service agencies will take advantage of them when they are. However, with growing levels of confusion and uncertainty regarding access to basic services such as healthcare, the need for such resources in the near future may be great.
Excerpts of Kiaʻāina's interview are provided below.