Age-Friendly Honolulu Youth Engagement Initiative

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

The goal of Age-Friendly Honolulu’s Youth Engagement Initiative 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.

Recent activities include:

  • 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.

Photos and graphics below:

  • 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, cnishita@hawaii.edu