By Mary Simms
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Are you, or do you know a grandparent who has trouble keeping up with "high- tech" grandkids?
Have you ever "Googled" yourself? Along with E-mail, and Microsoft Word, its one of the many things Janet Arelliano has learned here.
"I just tried looking up my address and typing in my name, and seeing what they had on me. I don't want to talk about it, laughs senior computer student Janet Arelliano.
"The world is evolving, and so its catch up time for me," said senior computer student Gary Johnson.
For most of the year, the "classroom" is used as the business office for the Great Aloha Run, but for a few months during the summer it becomes the free "Seniors Helping Seniors" computer class.
"I like to volunteer because growing up, a lot of the older people always helped me with my education, said volunteer instructor Daeton Chang. "I felt that if I have something to give back to them, I might as well do it."
For many of these seniors, their new skills will help them keep in touch with distant family and friends.
"Oh its great because lots of people have families all over the world that either don't know how, or can't communicate with them because of expenses, added Chang. Phone bills would be really expensive, but email is really cheap."
The classes have even inspired Janet to get "connected."
"I mean its opened a whole new world for me, you know I don't even have a computer right now, but I plan to get one."
For students whose first language is japanese, there's an instructor to assist with translation. The "Seniors helping Seniors" free computer class is sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Industries. To sign up call Rene @ 306-1876.
Free "Seniors Helping Seniors" Basic Computer Class
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Computer Center
June - August 2007, 9:00 AM, 12:00 & 2:30 PM