Honolulu County, Hawaii Print
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Lead Agency: University of Hawai'i Center on Aging
Institute of higher education
Action Plan Download
Honolulu developed its action plan in collaboration with Honolulu's Age-Friendly City Initiative, and the local Citizen Advisory Committee. Honolulu's action plan focuses on improving the natural environment to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the city's natural beauty. The plan includes policies to advocate for better sidewalks, improve walkability, develop truly affordable housing, create accessible transit, and guarantee greater access to healthcare.
Action Plan Highlights
Outdoor SpacesImprove outdoor pedestrian and public spaces by making them more inclusive, walkable and attractive through increased greenery, new dementia-friendly features, and multigenerational fitness and play areas.
HousingIncrease housing stock and density by supporting ADUs and naturally occurring retirement communities, building more micro-units and workforce housing, providing low- or no-interest loans, and ensuring that new development is disaster resilient.
TransportationIncrease bicycle safety through infrastructure improvements in high crash areas, improved signage, and public education.
Progress Report Download
Honolulu's age-friendly progress report shows how they worked with community partners to support the critical needs of kupuna (older adults)--particularly in the areas of food security, vaccine outreach, and education. The county strives to change mindsets around aging, from the narrative that older adults are vulnerable to older adults as valuable assets. To support this shift, Honolulu is partnering with the founder of Ibasho to create programs that empower elders to lead in their communities. They partnered to create a home accessibility educational booklet and pilot home modification program for kupuna and caregivers. In Honolulu, interconnected communities embrace older adults who want to remain socially involved and physically active. Infrastructure will remain responsive to the capabilities and safety of their people, equitable services will enable community-wide health promotion, and robust opportunities for intergenerational exchanges will exist.