Kupuna Caregivers Program effective 12/13/17

Under Act 102, qualified caregivers who apply for the program may receive up to $70 per day in services (subject to the availability of funds and paid directly to contracted service providers, not the caregiver). To be eligible, caregivers must:

  • be employed at least 30 hours per week (by one or more employers)
  • provide direct care to a care recipient who is a) a citizen of the US or a qualified alien; b) age 60 or older; and c) not covered by any comparable government or private home and community-based care service, except kupuna care services.


The care recipient cannot reside in a long-term care facility and must have impairments of at least two activities of daily living or two instrumental activities of daily living OR one activity of daily living and one instrumental activity of daily living OR substantive cognitive impairment requiring substantial supervision.


Applying for the program includes:

  • employment verification of caregiver
  • assessment of the care recipient
  • a caregiver burden assessment


Interested caregivers should contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) as soon as possible to apply at (808) 643-2372.  This is also the number to call in order to receive further information.  Or go to www.hawaiiadrc.org.


Governor Ige Needs to Hear from Us!

It takes a lot of people applying a lot of pressure to get a good idea to move through government.

You proved what’s possible when the legislature unanimously passed the Kupuna Caregivers Program last month and sent it to the Governor for his signature. But it’s been over a month, and the bill is still sitting on Governor Ige’s desk.

We need to do it again. Family caregivers can’t continue to wait for the help they need, and Governor Ige must act soon. Let’s remind him how important this issue is to families across Hawai’i. Will you send him a personal message today?

Click here to send your message directly to Governor Ige.

As Governor Ige decides what legislation to sign this year, it’s vitally important that he hears from us again.

When you click to send your note to the Governor, we’ll send you to his official website contact form. It’s a long form, but it is the best way to make your voice heard.

As you go down the page, there are a few required fields to fill out. When it asks for the bill’s “Topic,” select Health. Make it clear that you’re talking about “Bill Number” HB607. And for your “Position,” definitely say that you Support the bill!

Then, when you get to the “Message” field, you don’t need to write much to have a real impact: a short note about your story and why the legislation is important to you will be enough to leave an impression. We’d recommend something like this:

Please sign the Kupuna Caregivers bill (HB 607) to give our families the help we need to provide the care our kūpuna deserve.

Or you can write a sentence or two of your own about how caregiving has affected your life and how this vital support would help your family.

We all know that caregiving, and caregivers, are often invisible in our society. Will you take action today to remind Governor Ige about the work caregivers do, and the need for the Kupuna Caregivers program?

Send your note today.

Thanks for all you do,

Kevin, Pedro, and the Care4Kupuna team

Kupuna Caregivers Interview

SB534 aims to give family caregivers some respite from their unpaid labor of love, looking after seniors at home. For some, that has meant giving up paid professional work or cutting back on hours. There are financial, emotional and physical costs to the caregiving that is now largely borne, unheralded and unpaid. Pedro Haro and Kathy Jaycox share their work on this bill for caregiver compensation.

Pedro Haro is the Hawaii Community Organizer for Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities and aging Americans working to transform the way we care for this country. He is putting together the rally organized by Care For Our Kupuna, on Feb 7 at 10 a.m. at the Rotunda to urge legislators to do something this session to address the challenge presented by our demographics.

Kathy Jaycox, a Kailua resident since 1992, developed many coalitions across institutional boundaries. This has included partnering the UH Community Colleges with the Hawaii Department of Education to implement Running Start, which allows high school students to enroll in college courses and earn dual credit.

Kathy also considers herself the “birth mother” of the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, an alliance of pre-K, K-12, and higher education.

In retirement, she continues to be an organizational bridge builder. As the Oahu president of FACE, Faith Action for Community Equity, she works with a coalition of 23 organizations — most of them faith-based — to address issues of social justice.

Wahiawa Health Center to Open!

After years of working toward providing the Wahiawa community has access to affordable, high-quality health care, the Wahiawa Center for Community Health (Wahiawa Health) is ready to open to the public!

FACE has supported this project through the years, and we encourage our members to attend the celebration and blessing on Saturday, August 13. The event will include food, activities, and entertainment.

Date: August 13, 2016

302 California Avenue parking lot (Wahiawa Medical Building/Medical Arts Clinic)

We will start the Blessing at 12:00 pm and the event will run until 3:00 pm

May 2016 Events

Ta'u Pupu'a Benefit ConcertCome see internationally acclaimed operatic tenor TA’U PUPU’A and friends in concert on May 21! Presented by Kilohana UMC and Kilohana Angels, this benefit concert is to raise money for Kilohana UMC’s music ministry and Kilohana Angels’ home health care training and certification.

Tickets: $30
Time: Saturday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Location: McKinley Auditorium – 1039 S King Street
Email: tauconcert@gmail.com
Phone: 808-372-3372

February 2016 Events

JOIN THE RALLY – Access to Higher Education for All

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 3:00 pm
Fronting Hawai’i State Capitol on Beretania Street

  • Pass HB1613 and HB 1513
  • Fight for your future
  • Education is a right
  • Not a debt sentence

TOWN HALL MEETING: How much is our care worth?

Monday, February 29
Registration at 5:30pm / Program at 6pm
Sacred Hearts Academy
3235 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, 96816

Join elected officials, advocates, and experts for a town hall meeting about SB 2478 and HB 1885 — our plan to ensure everyone in Hawai’i can care for our kupuna.


For more information, contact Dawn:

Town Hall Meeting Feb 29thFree Community College Rally