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Seniors receive safety advice from various groups

Nearly 300 senior citizens packed the Newtown Recreation Center this morning for the annual Aloha No Na Kupuna Workshop to get some protection, well, more like advice. HPD officers from the District 3 (Pearl City) Community Policing Team (CPT) coordinated the event and provided a venue for our Kupuna to receive safety and crime prevention information. There were numerous informational booths set up and they included fire and pedestrian safety, identity theft, elderly abuse and scams against the elderly. Seniors also had the chance to have their photos taken for the Kupuna ID Cards, which contained their personal information. The cards are designed to keep the senior's safe in the event of an emergency.

HPD Chief Louis M. Kealoha attended and thanked those who participated. He reiterated the message of today's event, "In order to secure our future, we must preserve our past."

This year's event attracted the largest crowd, according to HPD Sergeant Arleen Apuna. "The event started in 2009 and has grown over the years," Apuna said. HPD officers went to various senior facilities and housing complexes in their district to get the word out. HPD officers even made mentions in Neighborhood Board Meetings and Neighborhood Security Watch meetings. District 3 covers the area from Kunia Road to Red Hill, including Waipahu, Waikele, Aiea and Halawa. However, Apuna said folks from around the island also attended.

Besides gaining extra knowledge, the Kupuna also gained some physical knowledge. They got to loosen up with a 15 minute yoga exercise.

For those who missed today's event, there will be another Aloha No Na Kupuna Workshop scheduled for next year. If you need more information contact District 3 CPT at 723-8805.

Aloha No Na Kupuna was made possible from the support of the following:

Target, HPD, 7-11 stores, HFD, Prosecuting Attorney's Office, AARP, Project Dana, ESH Training LLC, NECA, Walk Wise Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, Aloha United Way, St. Francis Hospice, Alzheimer's Association, Car Wraps Hawaii, Farmers Hawaii, The Mobile Notary, Senior Move Managers, ADRC Hawaii, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Elk's Club, Kaiser Permanente, Pearl City Urgent Care