Nominations Sought for Outstanding Older American Awards

March 20, 2017, 3:43 PM HST · Updated March 20, 3:58 PM
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Nominations are being sought for Maui County’s 49th Annual Outstanding Older American Male and Female of Maui County award.

The award ceremony is held each May in conjunction with Older Americans Month to recognize elders across the nation for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to society.

John Tryggestad and Kathleen Phillips: 2016 Outstanding Older American Award Winners.

The awards program recognizes older Americans for their contributions and provides them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year, the national theme is “Age Out Loud.”

The theme focus is on older Americans who are taking charge, striving for wellness, owning their independence, and advocating for themselves and others.


Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and a resident of Maui County. Any individual, club or organization may nominate candidates for the award. Previous winners are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination forms are available online and are also available at the Office on Aging, located at Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Room 20, Wailuku. They may also be requested by calling 270-7755, or by emailing

The deadline to return completed nomination forms is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to the J. Walter Cameron Center, Attn: OOA Committee, 95 Mahalani St., Room 20, Wailuku, HI 96793. Completed forms may also be faxed to 270-7935 or emailed to


This year’s Outstanding Older American awards will be presented at a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Kīhei Community Center.

Older adults in Maui County have been celebrated for their contributions and achievements every year since 1968. Wendell Crockett was the first Maui County recipient of the prestigious award in 1968; last year’s awardees were John Tryggestad of Kīhei and Kathleen Phillips of Kula.

To date, 95 older adult volunteers have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to Maui County.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.


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