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Events Calendar

April 2013

The Sigma Phi Omega academic honor and professional society in gerontology-Hawai`i Chapter and the University of Hawai`i, Center on Aging are holding their annual "Careers in Aging" day on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services Room 412 from 11am - 1pm.

Join us for Free Pizza and to explore career options in aging from fields such as: nursing, social work, elder law, entrepreneurship, filmmaking, advocacy, literature, and more!

For more information, click here.



February 2013

The College of Social Sciences and the Center on Aging, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, are pleased to host a:
“Research Grant Writing Workshop: How to Get Funded by the National Institutes of Health”
presented by Dr. Sidney M. Stahl on February 4, 2013. The morning seminar, to be held at Campus Center Room 307-308 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM, is open to all interested faculty and staff. Dr. Stahl will also be available to provide technical assistance for individual faculty consultation.

For more information about the workshop and faculty consultation, click here.


Dr. Stahl recently retired after 15 years with the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Aging (NIA) where he held the position of Chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Under Stahl’s leadership, the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program was developed with the mission “to improve the health of older minority populations by identifying mechanisms for reducing health disparities”. Prior to his time with NIA, he served as faculty at Purdue University where he was a professor and conducted research in gerontology and medical sociology.

For more information about the workshop and the application process for faculty and staff consultation with Dr. Stahl, click here.



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Hawaii Pathways to Excellence in Dementia Care and Research Symposium to Improve Dementia Care and Research in Hawai`i and the Pacific Rim

Organized by the Executive Office on Aging and State of Hawai`i

Hawai`i Pacific Neuroscience
Friday, February 8th, 2013
3:00 to 5:00 pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MARSEL MESULAM, MD

4:00-4:50 Current State of Dementia Research Projects in Hawai`i Updates on Active, Ongoing and Future Research Projects

presenters: Kamal Masaki, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatrics, University of Hawaii JABSOM
Colette Browne, DrPH, MSW Professor and Chair, Gerontology Concentration, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Principal Investigator, Ha Kupuna, National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, University of Hawai`i at Manoa


March 2013

American Society on Aging 2013 Conference

March 12 – 16, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Chicago, IL

TITLE: Conducting Focus Groups with Minority Elders
DATE: 03/13/2013
TIME: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
PRESENTERS: Kathryn Braun, Colette Browne, Michiyo Tomioka


June 2013

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Conference

Seoul, Korea June 23-27, 2013

1. Issues in Mixed Method Research in Aging with Racial/Ethnic Elders

Presenters: Colette Browne, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
Kathryn Braun, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine,
Lana Ka`opua, Ph.D., ACSW, Associate Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
Bum Jung Kim, Ph.D., M.S.W., Assistant Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work



2. Research Traditions Informing Inquiry on Indigenous Elders

Presenters: Kathryn Braun, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i Office of Public Health Studies
Colette Browne, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
Lana Ka`opua, Ph.D., ACSW, Associate Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
Bum Jung Kim, Ph.D., M.S.W., Assistant Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W., Dean, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work



3. Demographic and health concerns in Native Hawaiian elders.

Presenters: Bum Jung Kim, Ph.D., M.S.W., Assistant Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Kathryn Braun, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i Office of Public Health Studies Colette Browne, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W., Dean, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Lana Ka`opua, Ph.D., ACSW, Associate Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work


4. Comparative Analysis on Social Participation and Health in Asia-Pacific Regions

Presenters: Yoon Shin Kim, Ph.D., Hanyang University, Institute of Aging Society
Xinhua He, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Economics and Politics
Hideki Ito, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Institute of Gerontology
Colette Browne, Dr.PH., Professor, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work




Past Events




December 2012

Recruitment and Retention of Community Participants (Online Lecture)

Researchers and those interested in research are encouraged to attend. This lecture will describe models and approaches for community and minority recruitment in social and health research, and will be offered as an online course with course materials available via the University of Hawaii Laulima site and live instruction via Blackboard Collaborate. The workshop is sponsored by the RMATRIX Community Based Research Training Advisory Program. Presented by Dr. Colette Browne.


December 12, 2012 (Wednesday), 12:00pm-1:00pm, ONLINE


For more information click here.


October 2012

Aha Kupuna Conference

Elder and `Ohana Long-term Care Service and Support Needs in Hawai`i


Key note: Dr. Colette Browne
Hosted by: Department of Human Services and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs


October 13, 2012
Maui, Hawaii



September 2012

The 2nd International Symposium on Population Aging and Longevity

Current Research on Regional Population Aging and Longevity

Speaker: Dr. Colette Browne
Hosted by: the Peoples Government of Hainan Province China Association for Social and Economic System Analysis Research Northeast Asia Economic Forum Civil Affairs Bureau of Hainan Province


September 5-7, 2012
Chengmai, Hainan, China




Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society’s 17th Biennial Conference:

Transforming Hawai‘i's Aging Future

Innovate, Integrate & Invigorate


Presentations by Center on Aging Faculty and Staff:


Best Practices in Active Aging from Asia and the Pacific
Kathryn L Braun, DrPH; Takeo Ogawa, PhD; Donghee Han, PhD; Tri Budi Rahardjo, PhD; Thelma Kay

Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research Methods with Racial/Ethnic Minority Elders
Colette V Browne, DrPH; Kathryn L Braun, DrPH; Noreen K Mokuau, DSW; Lana S Ka`opua, PhD

Back to the Future: Revisiting the Hawaii Summit 2011 Project
Marilyn R Seely, MPH; Dolores Foley, PhD; Shirley Kidani, MPH

The Future of Residential Long-Term Care in Hawaii
Christy Nishita, PhD; Emelyn Kim, MS; Nancy Walch; Myriam Tabaniag


September 10-11, 2012
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawai‘i



May 2012

Presentation: "Alzheimer's Disease - A Time for Action"

An important Network and Video Event on ending Alzheimer’s Disease, and the reasons this is a time for action. Presented by the the UH Center on Aging (OVCRGE), the American Society on Aging (ASA) and The Alzheimer's Association of Hawaii. Response panelist, Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, MD, MPH John A burns School of Medicine, UH and Chris Ridley, DCSW, LCSW Program Coordinator, Hawaii County, Alzheimer's Association.


Thursday, May 3, 2012
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, UHM, East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawai‘i



April 2012

Roundtable Discussion: Careers in Aging

Sigma Phi Omega and the U.H.Center on Aging present Careers in Aging, a round table discussion with five gerontology professionals from health care, social work, law, business and government. Open to the public. Pizza and refreshments served.


Thursday, April 19, 11:30-1:30 PM

Queen Lili'uokalani Student Center, Room 411 and 412



March 2012

Annual Program Meeting: Qualitative Research Methods with Native Elders and Communities American Society on Aging

Presenters: Dr. Colette Browne and Dr. Kathryn Braun


Saturday, March 30, 2012

Washington, DC



February 2012

Health and Long-term Care Needs of Kupuna and Caregivers
Malama Mauli Ola o Kaumakapili Conference

Presenter: Dr. Colette Browne


Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:30-11:00 AM

Kaumakapili United Church, Honolulu, Hawaii



January 2012

There will be a new course in the Outreach College this spring co-listed by the Public Policy Center and The Center on Aging, Interdisciplinary Studies:


Course Title: Topics in Public Policy: Aging and Long-Term Care Issues, PPC 695/ Integrative Seminar in Gerontology, IS 611

Time: Spring semester, Thursday 6-8:30 PM

Faculty: Dr. Antony Lenzer and Dr. Eldon Wegner, U.H. Professors Emeriti, both long time educators and advocates in the field of aging


This is a rich subject and promises to be exciting as they delve into the world of social and policy change with all the interesting stories that accompany policy making.



November 2011

Kokua Council for Senior Citizens Community Forum, COA Overview and Priorities

Presenter: Marilyn Seely


October 24, 2011

Harris United Methodist Church, Honolulu, Hawaii



Cross Cultural Needs Assessment: The Case of Native Hawaiian Kupuna and their Caregivers

Presenter: Dr. Colette Browne


November 16, 2011

Columbia University School of Social Work, Room C-01, New York City, NY


Kupuna Caucus, Overview of the Center on Aging

Presenter: Marilyn Seely


January 6, 2012

Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu, HI


Conference Presentation: Social and health disparities among elders in Hawaii: Implications for health literacy. APM, Gerontological Society of America

Presenters: Colette Browne, Kathryn Braun, Christy Nishita, Noreen Mokuau, Lana Ka'opua, Paula Higuchi.


November 18-22, 2011

Boston, MA



July 2011

Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture on Aging in Asia

Aging in Asia and the Pacific Region: Highlights of Regional Trends, Responses and Global Directions, with Lonny E. Carlile, Kathryn L. Braun, and Colette V. Browne.


July 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

School of Architecture Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa


For more information on this event, view the UH Events Page.



March - April 2011

Lecture by PUBLIC POLICY CENTER, cosponsored by COA

Thursday, March 17th, 3:00-4:30

QLC, Room 412, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa


Panelists: Nancy Moser, Executive Office on Aging Patti Bazin, MedQUEST, Dept. of Human Services Francine Wai, Disability and Communication Access Board, Dept. of Health Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland




Film Screening (Two films on Aging)

April 7th, 11:30-1:30

Henke Hall, Room 109


"The Sunset Story" An award winning film about two residents of Sunset Hall, a managed care facility for the aging with a difference; located in Los Angeles, Sunset Hall is described by its proprietors as "a nonprofit retirement home for free-thinking elders," and Sunset is home to a group of elderly residents who haven't allowed their years and their infirmity to quiet their voices or their consciences. Sunset Story is a documentary about the residents of Sunset Hall, in particular two recent arrivals, 95-year-old Lucille Alpert and 81-year-old Irja Lloyd, who become fast friends. While Lloyd has been confined to a wheelchair following a major heart attack, with the help of Alpert, the two frequently participate in political demonstrations (the staff often organizes field trips around activist opportunities) and frequently debate the issues of the day with Lloyd frequently taking a more optimistic viewpoint and Alpert displaying a greater cynicism. Open to the public. Light refreshments.


"Profiles in Aging" A film with 14 different video segments, 3-5 minutes in length, that each reflect on a positive image of aging including:


  • Changing Perceptions of Aging
  • Positive Adjustment as We Age
  • Intimacy in the Elder Years
  • Family Ties, Grand parenting, and Mentoring
  • Foster Grandparents
  • Wisdom and Courage in Elderhood
  • Creative Aging
  • Beauty in Aging
  • Spirited Senior Softball



Roundtable Discussion: Careers in Aging

Friday, April 8, 11:30-1:30

Queen Lili'uokalani Student Center, Room 411 and 412


Sigma Phi Omega and the U.H.Center on Aging present Careers in Aging, a round table discussion with five gerontology professionals from social work, law, research, nursing and government. Open to the public. Pizza and refreshments served.



** All events are funded (in part) by the Student Activity and Program Fee Board **





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