Ka­hala Nui Steps Up Elder Help

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / JANUARY 5 , 2011 / -

sonal care items to se­niors at Palama Set­tle­ment.

“ Ka­hala Se­nior Liv i ng Com­mu­nity is a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, and our mis­sion is to serve the un­met needs of se­niors in Hawaii,” said CEO Pat Duarte. “We carry out our mis­sion through Ka­hala Nui, a con­tin­u­ing care re­tire­ment com­mu­nity. But we feel that our reach is some­what limited, so we have de­cided that we need to do some fur­ther out­reach.

“Rather than cre­at­ing our own pro­grams, we felt it would be best for us to part­ner with pro­grams that are al­ready in place, that are serv­ing se­niors and do­ing a good job of it. And we do that by pro­vid­ing some ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial sup­port.”

This is Ka­hala Nui’s sec­ond year fund­ing se­nior pro­grams and they hope to carry on the tra­di­tion an­nu­ally. In ad­di­tion to the money, it works through­out the year with var­i­ous groups to bet­ter the lives of se­niors. From its kitchens on Malia Street, it pro­vide meals to Hawaii Meals on Wheels, and the man­age­ment staff do­nates its time to de­liver some of the meals per­son­ally.

Moili­ili Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion also have felt the Ka­hala Nui touch this year.

Ka­pi­olani Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Cham­i­nade Uni­ver­sity are among six Oahu schools shar­ing a $9.2 mil­lion, three-year fed­eral grant for their biomed­i­cal re­search.

The fund sup­ports in­volve­ment in the na­tional IDeA Net­work of Biomed­i­cal Re­search Ex­cel­lence, which builds re­search bases and early ca­reer devel­op­ment of in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tists.

KCC’s share will go to its biotech­nol­ogy en­rich­ment train­ing pro­gram and the devel­op­ment of a mon­o­clonal an­ti­body re­search fa­cil­ity. The an­ti­body is a sin­gle clone cell that’s been stud­ied since 1975 and has be­come a cor­ner­stone of im­munol­ogy.

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