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Volunteers sought to be friendly neighbors in Waikiki

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:51 p.m. HST, Dec 3, 2012

The growing population of Waikiki seniors needs volunteers who can spend at least one hour a week to give them companionship and help them complete simple tasks. 

Waikiki Health Center’s Friendly Neighbors program will hold a recruitment and training session Wednesday for people who would be interested in volunteering. The event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Paki Hale, at 3840 Paki Ave.

Volunteers may not have a criminal record and must commit to giving one to two hours a week for at least three months. Clients, who are 60 years old and above, are Waikiki's most vulnerable. 

Volunteers typically engage seniors in conversation, provide entertainment and recreation, read or write letters, work on puzzles and play cards, shop for groceries, provide encouragement, assist in getting to medical appointments, do laundry and other light household chores, prepare meals and send greetings.

Call 926-8032 to reserve a spot in this training or another. More information and volunteer forms are available on Waikiki Health Center’s website at

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