Maui Resident Diane Logsdon to Receive Andrus Award

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

Volunteering 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

Volunteering 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

Volunteering 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 …

AARP to Participate in City Complete Streets Workshop

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering Representatives of AARP Hawaii have been invited to take part in a two-day workshop to develop a design manual to implement the City and County of Honolulu’s Complete Streets ordinance (Ordinance 12-15). Participating in the workshop will be AARP volunteer and retired Department of Planning and Permitting employee Elizabeth Chinn, who joins AARP Hawaii Director of Community Outreach Jackie Boland on a committee charged with developing design guidelines for Complete Streets implementation. Boland also serves on the City Transportation Commission. …

Volunteer Spotlight: AARP Foundation Tax Aide

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering By Helen Altonn Megan Morris wanted to get to know the community when she and her husband moved to Ewa Beach, so she answered a call in the AARP Magazine for volunteers to help older residents prepare their taxes. Now in her eighth season as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, she sees people she’s helped year after year when she goes to the grocery store and they ask, “When are you doing taxes?” Morris and other Hawaii volunteers in the …

AARP Hawaii’s Priority Bills Pass Mid-Session Point

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering At the halfway point of the 2014 state Legislature, all of AARP Hawaii’s priority bills have successfully passed initial scrutiny by respective Senate and House committees. As the critical March 6 “crossover” date passed, AARP Advocacy Director Steve Tam thanked volunteers for their work. “We could not have reached this milestone without the tireless support AARP’s many volunteer advocates provided by way of phone calls, legislative visits, testimony, and email,” said Tam. “Thank you for everything you do to improve …