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HONOLULUMayor Mufi Hannemann and the City & County of Honolulu kick off a campaign to honor individuals 65 or older who have found the secret to being “forever young.” “The City is seeking individuals who exemplify a new generation of seniors.  These young at heart individuals are defining and transforming what life adventures and opportunities open at age 65,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.


The awards are part of the City’s Honolulu Forever Young campaign which aims to change the perception of retirement and aging by honoring those who continue to accomplish great things in their later years through their involvement in business careers; giving back to the community through mentoring, philanthropy and volunteerism; and serving as role models for the youth of our community.


According to Hannemann, “The vibrancy of Honolulu follows in the footsteps of our community’s best role models who happen to be over the age of 65.  They are the ones in our workplaces teeming with energy, ideas, and purpose born from years of experience. They exemplify successful aging and utilize their prime time to the fullest. They are change masters and they are reshaping how we think and plan for our later years.


“Since our founding in 1955, our company has been about helping others plan for the future,” said Robin Campaniano, President of AIG Hawaii. “Mayor Hannemann’s inaugural Honolulu Forever Young campaign and award program embraces a growing trend that 65 is NOT the age of retirement, but a time for new beginnings.  AIG Hawaii is proud to support this paradigm shift.”


"HMAA is one of Hawaii's leading health insurance providers for small businesses, many of which employ people considered to be retirement-age workers," said John Henry Felix, Chairman of HMAA.  I applaud those businesses for recognizing the wisdom and experience that these workers bring to the workplace.  I also commend Mayor Hannemann for launching this campaign to raise awareness of the many facets that contribute to healthy and successful aging.

“I understand that ‘boomers’ currently make up over 50% of the City’s workforce and by 2012, 27% will be eligible to retire,” pointed out Joan White, Oahu Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) member, and Chair of the Planning Committee.  “The OWIB commends the Mayor for leading the charge to recognize the value of our older workers and proactively seeking ways to ensure that they continue to share their strong work ethic and experiences with our younger employees.”


“The Mayor’s Forever Young campaign positions us to take a new approach to meeting the needs of our aging population,” said Debbie Kim Morikawa, Director of the City’s Department of Community Services.  “Social service and health care providers, including our department, want to help seniors remain active and independent.  According to current research, by helping people stay active, socially engaged, and even employed later into their lives, we may be able to delay or prevent them from having to endure costly medical care, and even prolong their lives.”


AIG Hawaii and HMAA proudly present the Call for Nominations for the City’s inaugural Honolulu Forever Young Awards in partnership with HMSA and Queens Health System and Honolulu 100. 


The Honolulu Forever Young awards will honor individuals based on their accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Career Successes;
  • Community Service/Philanthropy;
  • Mentoring;
  • Building Social Capacity; and
  • Healthy Aging.


Nominees must be 65 years of age or older by July 1, 2008, work at least 19 hours per week, and reside in the City and County of Honolulu.


Nominations will be accepted from today through August 1, 2008.  The entry form is available online at


Completed entries should be submitted online at or sent to the City and County of Honolulu offices at 715 South King Street, Suite 311, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. There is no charge to submit nominations. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on August 1, 2008. No late entries will be accepted.  For more information call 768-7760.


The winners will be announced on August 15, 2008 and will be honored at an awards luncheon at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel on October 7, 2008.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

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