Hawaii Seniors Make Their Voices Heard

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Two years ago, older voters in Hawaii went to the polls in numbers greater than any other group. According to Census data, voters age 45+ accounted for nearly seven in ten votes cast in Hawaii’s 2012 general election. Ninety percent of older residents who registered made their voices heard at the polls. The results of this year’s primary election suggest that the voices of Hawaii’s most influential voting bloc are still reverberating. Despite outspending his opponent 10-to-1, Gov. Neil Abercrombie …

Maui Resident Diane Logsdon to Receive Andrus Award

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy By Helen Altonn Diane Logsdon, 83, says volunteer work “keeps me going. If I sat down, I would just collapse and do nothing.” Despite a mind-boggling record of volunteer contributions over the years, the Kula, Maui, woman says she was surprised to be selected for the 2014 AARP Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service. “I was dumbfounded to be picked over 22 people for the Andrus Award,” she said in a telephone interview during a regular shift with the Maui …

Carl Takamura Named to AARP Hawaii Executive Council

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Community leader Carl T. Takamura has been appointed to AARP Hawaii’s Executive Council. Takamura brings extensive service in the educational, legislative and business arenas to the all-volunteer advisory board that shapes the 150,000-member organization’s strategic direction in Hawaii. Takamura’s business experience includes stints as executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable and government affairs administrator for GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company. A two-term state legislator from 1974 to 1978, he later served as special assistant to Gov. George Ariyoshi and chief …

Volunteers Needed to Raise Pedestrian, Driver Awareness

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Pedestrian fatalities caused by automobiles are not a new problem in Hawaii, which has long held the distinction of being the most dangerous state (per capita) to be a pedestrian 65+. But 2014 has seen an alarming rise in the number of pedestrian crashes involving motor vehicles. As of August 1, 2014 there were already 19 pedestrian fatalities statewide, the same number of fatalities in all of 2013. With five months left in the year, authorities and advocates looking to …

Issues Forum Looks at Top Concerns of Voters 50+

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy With the Primary Election just a week away, AARP Hawaii is sponsoring the fourth in a series of statewide federal and state issues forums on Saturday, August 2 at the Ward Warehouse, Kakaako Room. The first part of the forum (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.) will focus on the future of Social Security, outlining challenges and possible solvency solutions. Part two (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) will focus on state issues that are factoring into the voting decisions of Hawaii residents age …

Democratic Frontrunners for Governor Square Off

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Advocacy Democratic leaders in the race for governor met in an AARP-sponsored debate in Kona on Tuesday, July 29. During the one-hour session Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige sparred on a range of health care issues facing Hawaii’s older residents and their families. The debate was one of the last opportunities for voters to compare the candidates side by side prior to the August 9 Primary Election. Moderated by University of Hawaii journalism professor Gerald Kato, the questions …