Kūpuna resource center opens at KSʻ Windward Mall

Feb. 3, 2021

Contributed by Mae Nishimura

Kamehameha Schools is supporting kūpuna well-being and community resiliency with a convenient new resource in Windward Oʻahu.

A blessing ceremony this week marked the grand opening of Kūpuna Power at Windward Mall. What started as a one-day informational fair at the State Capitol has expanded into a multi-faceted brand that includes a television program, civic outreach and retail product line now headquartered at Windward Mall.

Located at Windward Mall near Ross Dress for Less, Kūpuna Power shares important information, tools and guidance to help seniors live longer, healthier and more independent lives. 

Kumu Hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewitt performed the blessing. Guests were entertained with music by Art Kalahiki.  Among the attendees were State Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole, City Councilwoman Esther Kia’aina, and former Gov. John Waihee. 

According to the Hawaiʻi State Plan on Aging, one-third of Hawaiʻi’s population will be over 60 by the year 2035.

“The ‘Silver Tsunami’ is hitting our shores and as a community, we need to be prepared,” said Brickwood Galuteria KSK’73, former State Senator and founder of Kūpuna Power. “Kūpuna Power is a state of mind that empowers our seniors to take control of their lives so they can age in place with dignity. Our partnership with Kamehameha Schools and Windward Mall is one example of our on-going effort to support our seniors. A sincere mahalo to them for sharing the values of Kūpuna Power and for making an impact in people’s lives now and in the future.” 

“We are honored to welcome Kūpuna Power to the Windward Mall ‘ohana,” said Cesar Topacio, general manager of Windward Mall. “Kūpuna have always been a valued part of our community and we are excited to help create a space tailored to their needs.”

“For the community, especially our kūpuna, Windward Mall has been a gathering place for many years,” said Gary Evora, senior asset manager at Kamehameha Schools. “Kamehameha Schools is excited to welcome a space for local seniors to access resources and benefits. For us, it’s a kākou thing, and this partnership is one we believe will create a positive difference and meaningful impact in our communities.”

KS owns the land under Windward Mall and operates the shopping center located in Heʻeia. The mall is home to more than 110 stores and eateries, along with a KS One-Stop-Shop that offers educational program information and helps families with applications for KS admissions, financial aid and more. Revenues generated by Windward Mall support KS’ educational mission.