Caregivers conference slated

NUKOLI‘I — ‘Ohana caregivers who are responsible for raising children such as their mo‘opuna are invited to attend the annual Na Keiki Aloha O Na ‘Ohana conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 28, at Kaua’i Beach Resort.

The conference offers an opportunity for ‘ohana caregivers, i.e. grandparents, aunties and uncles, to learn about community resources that are available to help them with their unique challenges.

Professionals who work closely with families such as teachers and counselors are also encouraged to attend.

Featured speakers at the conference include Kimo Alameda, who will give a talk titled “Aloha is Your Kuleana at Difficult Times,” and Lainee Carvalho, who will cover “Technology 101.”

A panel of ‘ohana caregivers will also share their personal experiences in the hopes of providing guidance, strength and inspiration to others.

“One of our goals is to support families caring for their loved ones, including keiki,” said Kealoha Takahashi, head of the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs. “We hope this conference will link families to the services they need in their roles as caregivers.”

The event is sponsored by AARP, Alu Like Inc., Child & Family Service, County of Kaua‘i, Good Beginnings Alliance, Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival, and Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.

Caregivers will be admitted free, while others will be charged a fee of $15. Pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

To request an American Sign Language interpreter, materials in an alternate format or auxiliary aid assistance, call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470 at least three business days before the conference.

To register for the conference, call the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center at 245-1873 by Oct. 24.

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