HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii, with its rapidly aging population and strong family ties, will host a global conference on Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 22–24. The conference is expected to draw more than 200 participants from the local community and around the world to share ideas, develop new perspectives, and promote intergenerational cooperation. It will feature presentations on the latest research from diverse fields including education and lifelong learning, developing age-friendly communities, health and wellness, the intergenerational workforce, and environmental action.
One of the highlights is a Family Resource Fair – free and open to the public on Friday, July 24 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) featuring educational exhibits, interactive games, free demonstrations, entertainment, a keiki-kupuna look-alike contest, and a reading by the Hawaii Theater for Youth from author Lee Cataluna's new intergenerational play, and more.
One of the resource fair's exhibitors is the University of Hawaii – West Oahu Creative Media Design in Public Spaces class. This class is about rethinking and redesigning everyday items to be more user-friendly. Students have designed projects for kupuna including readable street signs, instructional signage at the Department Motor Vehicles that is easy to read/understand, and forms and applications with templates and instructions that are easy to navigate.
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