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