A goal of Hā Kūpuna is to advance knowledge on Native Hawaiian elders and to disseminate this information to improve the lives of kūpuna, their families, communities, organizations, and society.
Cross-Ethnic Comparison of Health Risk Data
- Requested special run of health data for Native Hawaiians, Caucasians, Filipino, and Japanese elders in three age groups (55+, 60+, and 65+) from the Hawai`i Health Study (HHS) and the Hawai`i Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
- Technical report to published 2011.
- Fact sheet exerpted from technical report published 2011.
Development of Life-Course Framework to Investigate Health and Resiliency in Native Hawaiian Elders
- Developed model based on life course and resiliency theory to provide a context for analyzing and understanding social and health disparities in older Native Hawaiians.
- Developed historical timeline with key cultural and historical markers in the lives of nā kūpuna
- Linked timeline to health and social/health delivery strategies.
- Manuscript published in Social Work, 2009.
Assessing the Health and Long-term Care Needs of Native Hawaiian Elders and their Caregivers: Results from Key Informant Interviews in Hawai`i.
- Interviewed recognized experts in the Native Hawaiian community from all islands
- Identified health and long-term issues, needs, and preferences of kūpuna and caregivers
- Technical report published 2008. (See publication section for PDF file.)
Cross-Ethnic Comparison of Life Expectancy
- Constructed life tables using 2000 data for 7 ethnic groups in Hawai`i: Native Hawaiians, Caucasians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, and Samoans.
- Estimated life expectancy at birth for 7 groups
- Estimated life expectancy for 4 age groups: <15 (representing premature mortality), 15–65 (representing working age), and 66–84 and ≥85 (representing senescent mortality).
- Manuscript published in Public Health Reports, July 2009
- Investigation of resiliency among Native Hawaiian elders using a lifecourse framework. Research Plan (pdf)
- Assessment of kūpuna and caregiver health and long-term care needs in Hawai`i.
- Listen to the whisper: Collecting messages of the kūpuna.