Treating hundreds of Hawaii's kupuna like family
Sponsored by Par Hawaii
In Hawaii, ohana is important to us, especially our kupuna. As the number of kupuna grow statewide, the community is grateful for organizations that are committed to their health and well-being. Hawaii Meals on Wheels is one of these organizations and has become an integral part of the lives of Hawaii’s kupuna by offering a network of support over the last 40 years.
Hawaii Meals on Wheels started in 1979 with just six clients, six volunteers and two routes. Today, it delivers nearly 100,000 meals to homebound kupuna and individuals with disabilities throughout Oahu, including Hawaii Kai to Ewa, Pearl City to Waipahu, Kaneohe, Kailua, and Waimanalo. It remains as dedicated as ever to helping Oahu’s kupuna and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home and does this primarily by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal interaction with those it serves.
At Hawaii Meals on Wheels, drivers and volunteers are proud of their ability to respond to the needs of Hawaii’s kupuna efficiently. Drivers and volunteers now use an app called “More Than a Meal,” which allows them to easily access information on route directions, meal count, and meal changes. Most importantly, it allows them to report changes in a client’s physical or mental health. With close to real-time information, these volunteers can also respond faster and coordinate with family members and healthcare and community-based service providers.
Par Hawaii partners with Hawaii Meals on Wheels and operates the only oil refinery in the state along with Hele and 76 retail fuel stations and nomnom convenience stores statewide. All of the company’s investments are designed to meet the needs of the community. While providing energy security for the state is a priority for Par Hawaii, doing its part to improve the quality of life of others is also important.
This year, Hawaii Meals on Wheels will be holding its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club, themed “Under the Harvest Moon.” As part of the program, Par Hawaii will be honored with the Kupuna Advocate of the Year Award. Through generous partners like Par Hawaii, the organization has been able to meet the nutrition and health needs of Hawaii’s rapidly growing senior population. For table sponsorship and ticket information, visit hmow.org.