KŪPUNA POWER DAY 2018 CELEBRATES SENIORS
The “Silver Tsunami” took over the State Capitol rotunda on April 12 as the sixth Kūpuna Power Day brought savvy seniors, service providers, and musical stars together for a day to empower Hawai‘i’s elder population through education, awareness, and good health.
More than 40 organizations were on hand to provide vital information to seniors, as well as caregivers, get tips on topics ranging from the latest news on Medicare and Medicaid, as well as getting tech savvy and how to stay safe while walking and crossing streets. This event has become known for its star-studded performances by notable local artists. This year was no different with Danny Kaleikini and Marlene Sai taking the stage. Seniors were also asked to lace up their sneakers and take part in fun fitness stretching and tai chi.
“This day is all about empowering the Kūpuna with education, entertainment, and exercise,” said Senator Brickwood Galuteria, organizer of the event. “Our population is aging and we need to continue to provide our Kūpuna with support so they can live self-sufficiently. The ‘silver tsunami’ is coming and we want to prepare all our residents for when that time comes.”
This day was particularly significant in that it was dedicated to the memory of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. Sen. Akaka was always in attendance at Kupuna Power Day to help hand out the award named in his honor. The Daniel Kahikina Akaka Award for Outstanding Senior Service recognizes those who are doing extraordinary work in support of our seniors. This year, the honorees of the Daniel Kahikina Akaka Award for Outstanding Senior Service were John McDermott, Hawai‘i Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the non-profit, island-wide meal service provider Lanakila Meals on Wheels.
Kūpuna Power Day is sponsored by the Na 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.