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Nominations Sought For 2022 Outstanding Older Americans

Posted February 13, 2022, 10:30 AM HST ·Updated February 13, 8:51 AM

Do you know someone 65 or older who deserves recognition for their work in the community?

Mayor Derek Kawakami and the county Agency on Elderly Affairs invite the public to submit nominations for the 2022 Outstanding Older Americans.

“Every May, during Older Americans Month, we pay tribute to older adults 65 years and older who play vital, positive roles in our communities — as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce and more,” said Kealoha Takahashi, executive for the Agency on Elderly Affairs.

According to a news release from the agency, this year’s theme, “Age My Way,” focuses on how older adults can age in their communities, living independently for as long as possible and participating in ways they choose.

It’s an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.

“Just as every person is unique, how they age and how they choose to do it is also unique — there is no right way,” said Takahashi.

Nomination forms are available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Agency on Elderly Affairs, which is located at Suite 330 in the Pi‘ikoi Building at the Līhu‘e Civic Center. Those interested in nominated someone to be honored must call the agency at 241-4470 to access the building.

Nomination forms can also be emailed by contacting the Agency on Elderly Affairs at the number above or at elderlyaffairs@kauai.gov.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 25, by close of business.

Diverse communities are strong communities, the county’s news release says. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in their communities for as long as possible benefits everyone.

“Please join AEA in strengthening our community and help recognize and honor Kaua‘i’s outstanding older adults,” the release adds.