Senator Brickwood Galuteria

WHO: Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, senior care service providers, iconic local musicians, savvy seniors

WHAT: Kūpuna Power Day, “Celebrating Generations of Aloha”

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018

9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda

The 6th Kūpuna Power Day begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the State Capitol Rotunda and this year’s event will be one of the most memorable to date. While celebrating and empowering seniors through education, awareness, and good health, Kūpuna Power Day 2018 will also be dedicated to honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka, a dedicated statesman and champion for seniors, veterans, and all people of Hawai‘i, who passed away on April 6.

“Senator Akaka was the embodiment of Aloha, serving the people of Hawai‘i with dignity and humility, which is why we named an award after him, one that recognizes individuals and organizations who are supporting our seniors so they can age in place with grace and pride,” said Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, organizer of the event.

l to r: Danny Kaleikini, Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka and Senator Lorraine Inouye

The Daniel Kahikina Akaka Award for Outstanding Senior Service honorees this year will be John McDermott, Hawai‘i Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the non-profit, island-wide meal service provider Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

More than 40 organizations will be attending to provide important information for the health, safety, and well-being of Hawai‘i’s kūpuna. The event is free and open to the public of all ages.

The schedule for Kūpuna Power Day 2018 is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Kūpuna Power Resource Tables Open

9:00 a.m. Kūpuna Power Welcome: Senator Brickwood Galuteria

  • Pule: Kahu Kenneth Makuakane

  • Pledge of Allegiance: Dorothy Douthit – Pacific Gateway Center Board Chair

  • Star Spangled Banner: Danny Kaleikini

  • Hawai‘i Pono’i: Marlene Sai and Melveen Leed

Kūpuna Power Day Proclamations:

  • Governor David Ige

  • Mayor Kirk Caldwell

What is Kūpuna Power? Knowing Your Resources: Sen. Brickwood Galuteria

Enhanced Fitness Stretch: Randy Lau – Tai Chi Instructor

Hula by the Nā Kūpuna Makamae ‘Āhinahina: Ku’u Lei Puakenikeni

Entertainment with Danny Kaleikini

Avoiding Identity Theft: Scott Spallina – Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Entertainment with Marlene Sai

The Biggest “ISM” there is…AGEISM!: Dr. Jackie Young

Entertainment with Melveen Leed

The Daniel Kahikina Akaka Award for Outstanding Senior Service

  • John McDermott - Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  • Lanakila Meal on Wheels

Enhanced Fitness Stretch: Randy Lau – Tai Chi Instructor

Walk Wise Kūpuna: Lance Rae

Kūpuna Power Recap…Knowing Your Resources: Sen. Brickwood Galuteria

Hawai‘i Aloha: Danny Kaleikini and Marlene Sai

Kūpuna Power Resource Tables open until 11:00 a.m.

Kūpuna Power Day is sponsored by the Nā Kūpuna Makamae Center, a project of Pacific Gateway Center, and through the generous support of donors including AARP, Walgreens, Territorial Savings Bank, HMSA, Hawai‘i Gas, OHA, Kamehameha Schools, Laborers’ International Union Local 368, and the City and County of Honolulu.

Photos of last year’s Kūpuna Power Day can be downloaded on the Hawai‘i Senate Majority Flickr site:


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