Families in the sandwich generation living in Central Oahu are able to drop off their aging parents who need assistance during the day and their young children in one convenient location — at the St. Francis Intergenerational Center. The one-story, 15,000-square-foot intergenerational center brings kupuna and keiki together to share mutually enriching experiences on special occasions. Intergenerational activities include cultural celebrations, music, and arts and crafts.
A grand opening was held February 28, 2013.
“Older adults can share their knowledge and life experiences with young children, while the children bring joy for the older adults. It’s a win-win situation for both generations,” says Sister William Marie Eleniki, OSF, President of St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii, who has more than 25 years as a school principal.
Located in Ewa Villages, the St. Francis Intergenerational Center features separate entrances; an adult day activity room and lounge; four preschool classrooms filled with Amish furniture designed for children and whimsical ceiling tiles with marine life and things that fly; a certified kitchen; an infirmary; and an expansive, landscaped yard. Meandering paved pathways are suitable for wheelchairs as well as tricycles. Green features include high-efficiency air conditioning systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, photo voltaic roof panels, occupancy controlled lights, air hand dryers, and more.
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The St. Francis Intergenerational Center is located at 91-1758 Oohao Street in Ewa Villages. Call 808-681-0100 to register or for more information.