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Hā Kūpuna would like to congratulate Advisory Council Member Dr. Claire Hughes who was recently honored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai`i as one of five humanitarian's selected as this year's Living Treasures of Hawai`i. More information on Dr. Hughes' contributions to the Native Hawaiian community and other honorees can be found in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Hā Kūpuna would also like to congratulate Advisory Council Member Dr. Joseph Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula's promotion to Chair of the University of Hawai`i's JABSOM Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Read about Dr. Kaholokula's new position and an article from Dr. Hughes in OHA's monthly newspaper.

Hā Kūpuna is also pleased to announce that we have recently completed a technical report, “Life Expectancy, Morbidity, and Health Practices of Native Hawaiian Elders: A Review of Hawai`i Surveillance Data,”  which provides comparative data of the health status of Native Hawaiians age 60+, in comparison to three other ethnic groups in Hawai`i – Caucasian, Filipino, and Japanese.  It also includes a summary of findings from two comparative studies on life expectancy and years of productive life lost for seven major ethnic groups in Hawai`i – Hawaiian and part-Hawaiian, Caucasian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Samoan.  Please see the full text of this report by clicking on our Publications and Presentations tab in the web site menu.

A new report based on focus group interviews with Caregivers and Kūpuna themselves is currently being produced and will be published as a companion piece to the Key Informant Interviews.  Extensive Key Informant Interviews assessing the health care and long-term care needs of Native Hawaiian elders and their caregivers were conducted statewide 2009-2010.