Adele Rugg and Jim Crowe were selected as the 2011 Outstanding Older Americans of Maui County.
Adele Rugg and Jim Crowe were selected as the 2011 Outstanding Older Americans of Maui County.

REPORT FROM MAUI COUNTY – WAILUKU, MAUI – The County of Maui invites the public to nominate outstanding kupuna volunteers to receive the 2012 Outstanding Older American of Maui County award.

Completed applications will be accepted through April 5 by the Maui County Office on Aging. A recognition ceremony and luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

The Outstanding Older American Awards have been an annual tradition for 44 years in Maui County. This year’s theme, “Older Americans: Never Too Old to Play,” was selected by the US Administration on Aging to encourage older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.

One male and one female will be chosen as the 2012 Outstanding Older Americans of Maui County from the field of nominees. They will be honored at the State Capitol in Honolulu on May 18, 2012 along with Outstanding Older Americans from the counties of Hawaii, Kauai and the City and County of Honolulu.

Nominees must be 65 years of age at the time of their nomination, and they will be judged on volunteer service to organizations or for their time spent as a volunteer caregiver for friends, neighbors, or family, including grandparents raising grandchildren.

Any individual or organization may file a nomination. Nomination forms are available online at www.mauicountyadrc.org; at the Maui County Office on Aging at One Main Plaza, Suite 547, in Wailuku; by calling 270-7755; or by sending an email to mcoa.adrc@mauicounty.gov.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., April 5, 2012 by fax to 270-7935; or send to at the Maui County Office on Aging at One Main Plaza, Suite 547, Wailuku, HI, 96793.

This year’s nominees, their nominators, and all past outstanding older American awardees will be admitted as guests to the awards luncheon. The public is invited to attend for $21 cash payable at the door, and $15 for children aged 3-12. Reservations will be taken through May 1. To make a reservation to attend the luncheon, or for more information, call the Maui County Office on Aging at 270-7755.

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