Friday, October 17, 2008

October 20 Meeting: 5th Annual Community Forum


Be a Part of the Solution

Public is invited—it’s free.


NEW DATE- MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 11:30 -1:30

Harris United Methodist Church, Miyama Main Hall
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

The program features lunch discussion, followed by a roundtable discussion by key government administrators, legislators, community advocates followed by Q and A.

Key topics expected for 2009: Campaign reform, caregiver support, affordable housing, universal health care, kupuna care, long-term care.

Representatives from nonprofit and other organizations involved with seniors as well as advocacy groups who have needs/concerns that can be helped legislatively or by other means will present their issues.

Please Join Us for Lunch!

11:30 Luncheon - $5.00 donation

To ask for time on the agenda or for more information email Laura Manis at


Here’s how it works: 

Process and Timeline for Choosing Legislative Priorities


Board will prepare community forum and ballot to present to members.


Newsletter will print suggestions from speakers.


Board will categorize priorities according to levels of advocacy (see above) and assign lead advocate.


Members will choose level of activity to support priorities. Lead advocate will prepare talking points for use in preparing testimony, training, telephoning legislators, and letters to editor; lead advocate will assemble teams for support of issue. If there is enough interest, a training session will be scheduled to prepare people for visits to legislators, preparing testimony, and testifying.


The Kokua Council is one of Hawaii's oldest advocacy groups. Kokua Council seeks to empower seniors and other concerned citizens to be effective advocates in shaping the future and well-being of our community, with particular attention to those needing help in advocating for themselves.

We embrace diversity and extend a special invitation to any senior or intergenerational minded individual interested in advocating for these important issues in Hawaii.
All are welcome. Annual membership is $5 to defer printing and postage costs. Click here to join.