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Maui AgeWave (MAW) has been providing services to older adults and the organizations that serve them since 2008.  Project management, administrative support, planning, research and reporting, outreach, innovating and pilot testing ideas and programs are all services offered with aloha by Maui AgeWave.

With a special interest in utilizing the burgeoning availability of broadband, and leveraging creative uses of available technology and social media, Maui AgeWave envisions a new paradigm of connecting people with services more frequently and more efficiently.

The silver tsunami of baby-boomers becoming seniors offers a new type of consumer that is technology friendly.  This reality will allow exciting opportunities for community connectedness and service delivery.  Maui AgeWave can help your business, non-profit or public entity develop and explore new ideas to mindfully position for the future.

The most rural areas of Maui and Hawaii are of particular interest because of the unique access to health care challenges they present.

Rural Maui

The rural definition typically used by the US government classifies all of Maui County as rural.  When Maui is compared to other rural areas in the US using the same definition there is an obvious difference in what “rural” means for Maui than for the contiguous rural areas of the rest of the country.  First, Hawaii is the only one of our 50 states that is composed only of islands.  Second, Maui is the only county in Hawaii that is composed of several islands.  So Maui County creates a very unique geographical composition.  It is the only county in the 50 states that contains three non-contiguous regions comprising its rural definition.



In addition to its unique geography, the culture of Maui is just as unique and provides some unusual demographics.  Maui County’s percentage of Native Hawaiian adults is higher than the rest of the state combined.  The Hana and Molokai communities lead the way with 60 plus per cent Native Hawaiian.  Both Hana and Molokai also exceed the remaining state average with their high levels of adults who are 200% below the Federal Poverty Level.  Molokai has the highest rate of obesity and high blood pressure; and finally all areas of Maui exceed the rest of
state on the per cent of adults without health insurance. These numbers show just a few of the dramatic differences of what rural means in Maui when compared to the rest of Hawaii and the nation. (Data Source: State of Hawai’i Primary Care Needs Assessments Data Book 2009)

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