2021 Kūpuna Resource Guide
More than 200 organizations that can help seniors learn, live and thrive in Hawai‘i.
It seems today that the world is always going to websites. But sometimes casting a world wide net can make your search for local assistance more difficult to sift through. So, HONOLULU Magazine is proud to introduce our Kūpuna Resource Guide. Here, you can find more than 190 listings of local organizations and businesses that serve kūpuna in more than 30 categories including caregiving, finances, community services, long-term care, housing, legal needs and for assistance for Alzheimer’s patients, veterans, diabetes and more. We have included each organization’s phone number, address, website and email so you can find more information. You may notice that some agencies overlap as they serve many needs, such as AARP Hawai’i, while others are more specific.
In our online directory, you can filter the list by city and category so you can find the help you need closest to home.
We hope this will prove to be a valuable resource for you and your family, whether you are looking for information and help now or for your future.
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There are hundreds of organizations in Hawai‘i that offer education, assistance, care or support for kūpuna and their families. These four nonprofit groups cover a wide range of services and are also invaluable for their work connecting those in need of programs with those who can serve them best. If you are not sure what you are looking for, turn to these experts for guidance.
AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to empowering adults 50 years and older and their ‘ohana. With nearly 150,000 members in the Islands, AARP Hawai‘i works tirelessly to meet the needs of kūpuna. From sharing practical resources to holding activities and events, AARP provides opportunities for seniors to choose how they live as they age. With their membership, seniors have access to community referrals, support and practical resources on caregiving, financial security, fighting fraud and much more. Each year, AARP Hawai‘i advocates at the state Legislature for government funds to ensure financial caregiving support and many other initiatives.
Aloha United Way is a nonprofit organization that brings together resources, organizations and people within the community to advance health, education and financial stability initiatives. Established in 1919, AUW aims to help families and individuals to thrive. One of its most useful resources is its 2-1-1 help line, which works as a statewide comprehensive community referral service. Callers can speak with local experts who are trained to connect people to more than 1,300 agencies and 4,000 programs for food, shelter, financial assistance, elder care, disability service, SNAP prescreening and much more. The help line is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i has been serving the Islands since 1947 and is part of the largest private network of social service organizations in America. It helps 40,000 people each year with a variety of needs, including emergency financial assistance grants and housing. CCH networks with other agencies to provide material assistance such as clothing, utilities and food, and helps seniors fill out applications for public benefits and find transportation for shopping, errands and other activities.
Hawai‘i Aging and Disability Resource Center
The Hawai‘i Aging and Disability Resource Center is a one-stop organization that helps older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers find long-term support and services. The state- and county-funded ARDC also has county offices and directories of services to assist people of all incomes and ages for free. ADRC staff can help determine if you are eligible for public benefits and programs. They may also assist you and your family in finding providers and will work with you to develop a plan for your future long-term care.