Kahala Nui Steps Up Elder Help
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.