Gov. Ige Signs Important Bills Supporting Küpuna Programs
Special to The Hawai’i Herald
By the time the Hawai‘i state Legislature adjourned last month, several important bills that benefit kūpuna — or older adults in Hawai‘i — were passed and sent to Gov. David Ige for his signature. These bills, along with others that did not make it, were part of a package of pro-kūpuna bills that a group of legislators — the Kupuna Caucus — collectively supported and helped steer through the legislative process in the state House and Senate.
The Kupuna Caucus holds regular meetings at the State Capitol to bring diverse people together to talk about public policies relating to older adults. The United States Census Bureau estimates that 17.8 percent of Hawai‘i’s population is over the age of 65. That’s more than 250,000 people.