Age-Friendly Honolulu Intergenerational Initiatives

A key theme of Honolulu’s age-friendly initiative is intergenerational exchange.

The goal of Age-Friendly Honolulu’s intergenerational initiatives is to teach youth about the role of the built environment and community features in promoting active aging and engagement among older adults. The learning objectives include: 1) increase awareness about aging issues; 2) build empathy and understanding through intergenerational interaction; and 3) use critical thinking to explore age-friendly design solutions.

Kind2Kupuna Project: Messages of Hope from Keiki to Kupuna

In these uncertain times, social distancing is required. But it also raises the risk of social isolation. Age-Friendly Honolulu is asking keiki to write hopeful messages and draw pictures for kupuna. So far over 100 drawings and messages have been collected from elementary, middle, and high school students from the DOE and private schools.  Age-Friendly Honolulu is putting these wonderful messages and drawings in collages. So far, these collages have been distributed to kupuna in several assisted living communities, senior centers, and kupuna meal providers. We will continue to send out these beautiful messages and drawings to service providers and care facilities to then distribute to kupuna. If you would like to learn more, please contact Christy Nishita, Ph.D.,Gerontologist at UH Center on Aging and  Age-Friendly Honolulu consultant at


1) The letter and/or drawing should be on a single, regular sized 8.5x11 paper.
2) Write the student's first name, age, and school somewhere on the paper.
3) Write legibly in large print. If doing a drawing, use lots of color!
4) Avoid discussing religion.
5) Address letters as "Dear Friend".
6) The drawing or letter should be hopeful and include words of encouragement.


Scan the letter or drawing in .pdf format. Attach the letter or drawing to an e-mail message and send it to:

Watch KHON's Living808 segment about the Kind2Kupuna Project


Other Activities:

  • Honolulu Walks

Honolulu Walks mobilizes community members from the bookend generations – keiki to kupuna – to explore their built environment and walking culture, and create ideas to make Honolulu more age-friendly. Through personal experiences and the photovoice process, program participants share about an important issue and foster intergenerational relationships.

Honolulu Walks was started as a community collaboration and was initially funded through a grant from America Walks and Every Body Walk. In 2017, Honolulu Walk was recognized as a Program of Distinction from Generations United.

  • Intergenerational walk audit

  • Design solutions within Minecraft

  • Virtual reality, Minecraft experience

For more information or if you are interested in participating, please contact Christy Nishita at