— As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Hawai‘i and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Hawai‘i is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Hawai‘i’s 264,864 Medicare enrollees are among the first to receive the new new …

— At Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering in Waipahu, the line sometimes stretches out the door for their famous ahi limu poke, maki sushi and sashimi platters. The family owned business takes pride in its local roots, community service, quality food and the service-with-a-smile attitude of its 150 workers. Founder Mel Tanioka and daughter Jasmine Tanioka, the company’s chief financial officer, want to offer a 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings plan to their workers, but found the administrative costs too high …

— Many of us have gotten the calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, or seen that pop-up message on your computer, warning you of a virus and the need to call tech support RIGHT NOW. Maybe you’ve even gotten the call from someone who sounds familiar, saying: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” These are imposter frauds. It’s when a scammer poses as someone he or she is not — an IRS agent or a police …

— AARP Hawai‘i is sponsoring a live televised debate between the major Democratic candidates for governor  — Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Governor David Ige — on July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the KHON2 studios. The debate is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote.” Campaign to urge all candidates to address issues important to to voters 50 and older and to hold politicians accountable for their promises. Americans 50+ are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. KHON2’s Gina …

— AARP Hawai‘i will supply speakers for Oahu, Big Island and Maui groups on a wide variety of topics, ranging from fraud to caregiving to retirement planning. There is no charge and any group with at least ten people can host the presentation at a place of their choice. This year’s  topics include: Social Security Retiree and Family Benefits; Disaster Preparedness Medicare Basics; 10 Steps to Get Ready for Retirement; Secure Your Future—Your Path to Financial Resilience; Fraud Prevention Prepare to …

— AARP Hawaii is hosting its 2018 Women and Money conference on Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu. The conference is designed to help women achieve retirement security. Gerri Walsh, senior vice president for investor education at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, will deliver the keynote address, sharing insights on How Women Outshine Men at Investing. Most Americans fall short in retirement savings, and women are especially vulnerable. Compared with men, women tend to live …

— In Hawaii, honoring veterans has a rich tradition. Many residents place lei on military graves on Memorial Day. AARP Hawaii is recruiting volunteers to string lei on Oahu and Maui. The Girl Scouts’ Lei of Aloha campaign, which aims to place lei on 10,000 graves, will be stringing them Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe. On Maui, Blossoms for the Brave, sponsored by Kaunoa Senior Services and Maui County, will adorn graves  at the …

— Make eye contact with a driver or pedestrian and say mahalo before crossing the street. That’s the message that AARP Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Walk Wise Hawaii and other senior organizations and facilities will be sharing during a pedestrian safety sign waving event on May 2 at locations across Honolulu. “Pedestrians and drivers must be aware of each other when approaching intersections and crossing the street,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland, program coordinator at the Lanakila Senior Center operated by Catholic …

— AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Hawaii Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii individuals age 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Hawaii is excited to shine a light on individuals 50 years and older who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP Hawai‘i state director Nominations will be evaluated by …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1– 1:30 p.m. HT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about their …