With its rapidly aging population and strong family ties, Hawaii is hosting a global conference on Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 22–24. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of participants from the local community and around the world to share ideas, develop new perspectives, and promote intergenerational cooperation.
One of the highlights of the conference is a Family Resource Fair – free and open to the public on Friday, July 24 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) featuring educational exhibits, interactive games, free demonstrations and entertainment. Here's a preview of some of events you won't want to miss:
INTERGENERATIONAL EXHIBITOR: UH-WEST OAHU CREATIVE MEDIA CLASS
Bring your smart phone and other mobile devices, as UH West Oahu Creative Media students will be on hand to assist kupuna with taking video, accessing email, and creating text messages; learning how to download and use apps; and learning everyday maintenance of smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE – HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) will present a sneak previewof their new show, “Mud Pies and Magic” by Lee Cataluna from 1 – 1:45 p.m. Actors will read from the script, bringing to life a great grandmother trying to teach her germ-phobic great granddaughter the joys of making mud pies, and a hyper-active trouble maker attempting to get his older uncle out of the recliner. The thought-provoking comedy explores what generations can learn from each other when they dare to "play" together. HTY will present “Mud Pies and Magic” in a full production as part of their 2015-2016 season.
KEIKI-KUPUNA LOOKALIKE CONTEST
Twenty grandparent/grandchild teams will be judged at a Keiki-Kupuna Lookalike Contest from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Sponsored by Seagull Schools, the teams will be judged for creativity and resemblance. Cash prizes will be presented to the top winners. Seagull Schools has been serving Hawaii’s communities by developing and operating early education teaching and support facilities. It operates six campuses on Oahu and one on the Big Island. To complement the childcare program, Seagull Schools also runs an adult day care program for 60 frail elderly clients at its Kapolei campus.
Stop by AARP Hawaii's table at the Family Resource Fair too. Registration is not needed for this event.
The Intergenerational Conference and Family Resource Fair are sponsored by Generations United in partnership with Seagull Schools, the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programs, United Nations Association-Hawaii, and the Japan NGO Council on Aging.