— The earlier you start saving and investing for retirement the better. But no matter when you start, you need to know basic information about investing so you can make good decisions and invest with confidence. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding a free “Better Late Than Never” workshop in Lihue on Saturday, August 19 with AARP volunteer and financial planner Joanna Amberger. The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lihue Public Library, 4344 Hardy Street. Amberger …

— Retirement isn’t as simple as reaching age 65 and quitting your job. It takes planning and the earlier you start the better. You need to think about when to take Social Security, how to pay for health insurance, and how much you can spend on living expenses and just enjoying life. That’s why AARP Hawaii is holding a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Paia on August 19. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kaunoa …

— Do more than just dream about retirement; Start planning for it at a “Think of Your Future” workshop in Wailuku on Saturday, June 10. The free workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions …

— You can do more than dream about retirement; you can start planning for it at a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Waimea on Saturday, April 29 . The free workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tutu’s House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member …

— Act your age. Has anyone ever told you that and how do you answer if you’re 50 or older? AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins believes you shouldn’t fall for stereotypes about how people 50+ should act. That’s why she wrote her best-selling book “Disrupt Aging.” The book is about changing the way we think about getting older. We all age every day and that’s way better than the alternative. We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives so growing older …

—   Master Shopper Veronica Hall will share secrets of saving money on groceries by clipping coupons with AARP members and guests at an Extreme Coupon Class on June 29. Hall teaches methods of organizing her newspaper and Internet coupons and secrets of shopping wisely that can be used to save big money every month. She says she spends less than $250 a month to feed her family of four. The 90-minute workshop for AARP members and guests is at the …

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— Saving for retirement in a state with a high cost of living is stressful, especially for those employed by small businesses. AARP Hawaii is urging state lawmakers to create a work group to devise strategies that could help people save. About half of the state’s private-sector workers have jobs that do not offer an opportunity to save for retirement through payroll deductions. And in a survey of Hawaii voters ages 35-64, nearly 6 in 10 of those in the workforce …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 1 p.m. HST Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— Fun new way to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you in the middle …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide FREE tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to people 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers helped 12,227 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program …