Hawaii Kupuna Care (KC) for the Elderly

Page Reviewed / Updated - Mar. 2016

Program Description

Kupuna Care is a state program designed to help non-Medicaid eligible, elderly residents so that they can continue living at home or in the community instead of in Medicaid paid-for, nursing home residential care.  Kupuna Care assists families by providing a variety of different caregiving and support services, such as adult day care, personal care and transportation assistance. The program is available throughout the islands.

 Did You Know?  Of all 50 states, Hawaii has the longest average life expectancy. In fact, Hawai’i residents can expect to live almost two years longer than the average American.


Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for Kupuna Care, one must be a U.S. citizen or legal alien, Hawai’i resident, and 60+ years of age. The applicant cannot reside in a skilled nursing, assisted living or other adult residential care facility. He or she must have a functional impairment that prevents them from performing at least 2 activities of daily living (ADL) or instrumental ADL.

There are no published financial eligibility requirements. However, to be eligible the senior cannot be covered by any other comparable government or private home or community based care services such as those provided under Medicaid QUEST Expanded Access. This means, in 2016, an individual's monthly income must be greater than $1,515. Individuals with higher incomes are expected to pay for a larger share of the costs of the services. 


Benefits and Services

Kupuna Care provides a variety of different services. The services that an individual receives are determined on a case-by-case basis and can include any of the following:

  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • Chore Services
  • Homemaker Services (assistance with meal preparation, grocery shopping and laundry)
  • Hot or Prepared Meal Delivery Services
  • Personal Care (assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and grooming)
  • Transportation Assistance


How to Apply / Learn More

The KC program is managed by each island's county aging office. One can apply with their county Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).  Contact information for each county ADRC can be found here.