Kupuna Caregiver Financial Support

14 02 2018

The Department of Community Services’ Elderly Affairs Division announced that it has launched the Kupuna Caregiver Pilot Program to help support working persons who also provide care to elders.

To be eligible caregivers must be employed at least 30 hours a week and provide care to a frail elder 60 years of age or older. The program benefit is limited to $70 worth of services per day and continues through June 30, 2018. The amount allocated to the City and County of Honolulu by the State of Hawaii is estimated to benefit 38 caregivers and priority will be given to applicants with the greatest caregiver burden and the most economic and social need.

With this pilot funding the city has chosen to provide Adult Day Care services. This service provides relief to a working caregiver by providing all-day supervision to a senior in a safe and comfortable environment. The $70 per day benefit would cover all or most of the cost of this service, which includes meals, on-site activities for physical strengthening, mental stimulation, socialization and recreation. For the caregiver it provides peace of mind, the freedom to continue working and a way to reduce anxiety and stress. Some of the city’s contracted day care providers are also able to assist with personal care, toileting, and/or incontinence.

Assisting 38 caregivers with this pilot program demonstrates the practical impact of government support to the many thousands of family caregivers on Oahu who are currently working. The data collected during this pilot program will provide valuable information on Oahu’s working caregiver population, including the level of need, effects on the workforce, and how support for caregivers should be targeted in the future. In response to the state of Hawaii’s announcement of the program’s launch, the Elderly Affairs Division has already received over one thousand calls from interested caregivers. Many have already been assessed for eligibility and the first participant is expected to start the program this week.

Legislation to continue and expand the program is currently being considered by the Hawaii State Legislature, and working caregivers are encouraged to contact their senators and representatives for more information or to voice their continued support.

Additional information on the program is available on the Elderly Affairs Division’s website at www.elderlyaffairs.com or by calling the Senior Helpline at 768-7700.

North Shore: Key Projects to Date

29 01 2014


Due to the lack of maintenance for many years, the silt has built up and created islands within the stream bed.  The build-up is so heavy that coconut trees that are forty feet high are growing in these silt beds.  Council Chair Martin has been requesting funding to dredge this stream for the past three years. In fiscal year 2013, Chair Martin proposed a budget bill line item  for $350,000 to plan and design the extraction of the silt and vegetation that impedes this critical streamway. The funding was approved and the project is moving forward.

Sunset Neighborhood Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADue to the soil condition under the courts at the Sunset Neighborhood Park, the City’s administration was reluctant to re-pave the tennis and basketball courts for many years. The residents often voiced their displeasure about the lack of maintenance and not being able to use these courts. Finally in 2012, due to Council Chair Martin’s persistence, these courts were re-surfaced and re-striped.  The residents and community are actively using them.

Kahuku Elderly Housing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACouncil Chair Martin was instrumental in having the agreement and RFP for the management of this facility being put out to bid.  This allowed a new non-profit to in-fuse additional funding for needed repair, renovation and up-grade of these living facilities. Shown here are the new management with Council Chair in front and in a newly renovated unit.