Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy

By DAVE CARPENTER, AP Personal Finance Writer

POSTED: 10:23 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2010

CHICAGO — Through a combination of procrastination and bad timing, many baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they’re hoping to retire.

Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years.

The boomers, who in their youth revolutionized everything from music to race relations, are set to redefine retirement. But a generation that made its mark in the tumultuous 1960s now faces a crisis as it hits its own mid-60s.

“The situation is extremely serious because baby boomers have not saved very effectively for retirement and are still retiring too early,” says Olivia Mitchell, director of the Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

There are several reasons to be concerned:

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New Year’s mochi madness begins

The Garden Island

By Dennis Fujimoto

December 26, 2010 8:30 am

Photos by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island Sofia Sauma, 7, brushes excess flour from between mochi at the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission in this photo taken last year.
LIHU‘E — While people scurried about doing last-minute Christmas shopping, Ed Kawamura was anticipating the mochi-making that starts today.

The Kawamura ‘ohana continues to honor the tradition of making mochi using wooden mallets, or kine, and the stone mortar, or usu.

“You need to start early,” Kawamura said. “Mochi is usually done between Christmas and New Year’s.”

A collection of relatives, friends, and residents of the neighborhood congregate for the event which usually lasts the entire day, enjoying fellowship while waiting for their batches of special mochi rice to be prepared. The mochi rice, too, must be prepared and soaked several days ahead of mochi-making.

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Sand sculptors, spectators greet Hawaiian Santa

The Garden Island

By Dennis Fujimoto

December 26, 2010 8:45 am

Photos by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island Santa Claus takes time to greet his fans of all ages and from many different lands during his short visit to Kalapaki Beach, Friday afternoon.
NAWILIWILI — Grandma was not run over by a reindeer; she was trampled by several hundred pairs of feet.

Jeff Haigh, a sand artist from Auburn, Calif., said Friday afternoon “the scene of attack” described in the popular Christmas tune was at Kalapaki Beach where he was working on a sculpture. Santa Claus arrived aboard a double-hulled canoe accompanied by a variety of other water craft.

The sound of the pu and the sight of the flotilla attracted several hundred people who were enjoying the afternoon sun at the popular beach fronting the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

As the canoe bearing a shaka-flashing Santa cruised the shoreline, it attracted a horde of people to the landing site where Haigh was creating his “Dogpile” mound and Jeff Peterson of Kalaheo was sand-sculpting a giant Christmas present.

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Beginning with a bang

by John Burnett

Tribune-Herald Staff Writer

December 26, 2010 7:46 am

Fireworks go on sale ahead of New Year’s celebrations

As people gear up for New Year’s, one ritual for many families is stocking up on fireworks.

Fireworks permits are available starting today at numerous locations around the island (see accompanying box).

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira said that he expects a normal year as to the numbers of people celebrating with fireworks this holiday season.

“Our fireworks auditor has been working with the vendors who are bringing in shipments. There’s no indication that more product is coming in this year, so it’s assumed to be status quo — and based on the economy, it’s maybe a little bit less because people maybe don’t have as much money,” Oliveira said.

Colleen Aina, who owns Pinky’s 5/Eight store in Papaikou, is hoping sales of legal fireworks boom, pardon the pun.

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Justify change with efficiency in government

By Lowell L. Kalapa

December 26, 2010 7:06 am

Like the national administration, the new state administration has promised change in how state government will deliver services and programs.

The problem with touting change is that in many cases those changes are not necessarily for the better and sometimes create more havoc than common sense. For taxpayers, change means how well their tax dollars will be used to deliver services critical to the health and safety of the community. It means the efficient use of what precious tax dollars can be shared with government. However, it sometimes seems public officials are unwilling to take a risk and impose numerous hurdles to ensure the blame is not placed on this or that person or agency.

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Family Matters

Residents and visitors say ohana makes holidays special
by Chelsea Jensen
West Hawaii Today

December 26, 2010 7:07 am

For residents and visitors alike, it’s being with family that makes the holidays special.

“Being with the ohana is what makes Christmas Day special,” said Kailua-Kona resident Annette Kaiawe. “Families should always get together on the holidays because you never know if you are going to get to see them again.”

Kaiawe and her family of more than two dozen members spent most of Christmas morning celebrating with plenty of food and fun at Pahoehoe Beach Park on Alii Drive. Saturday’s celebration was one of the rare occasions the family is able to get together and really spend time with each other.

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Seabury Dirt Devils winners

Team raising funds to attend nationals

December 22, 2010

OLINDA – The 4-H Dirt Devils of Seabury Hall will represent Hawaii in the Conservation Awareness Program national competition May 4 to 6 in Oklahoma City. The four-member team is raising funds to attend the event.

Sixty-five high school students representing Baldwin, Kamehameha Maui, Lahainaluna, Maui High, St. Anthony and Seabury competed Oct. 19 at Maui Tropical Plantation in the Maui contest that tests students on how to classify soil, analyze the slope of land and recommend best use of lands.

The 4-H Dirt Devils advanced to, and won, the state competition Nov. 30 at Kunia, Oahu.

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PTA Reflections project entries to go on display

December 26, 2010

LAHAINA – Students from eight Maui schools submitted entries in the PTA Reflections project, a national arts recognition program, which had the theme “Together We Can” for 2010-11.

Works of choreography, film, writing, musical composition, photography and the visual arts were entered by 342 students at eight campuses: Haiku, King Kamehameha III, Lihikai, Pomaika’i and Pukalani elementary schools; Lahaina Intermediate School; and King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna high schools.

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Ka‘ana Mana‘o: UH-MC works to better its work-force readiness

December 26, 2010


For 4,367 students this fall, the University of Hawaii Maui College lays a foundation of academics, technical knowledge, critical thinking skills and other learning outcomes that represent “education.” But the college’s role in Maui County also involves a mission of work-force readiness – awarding degrees and certificates to graduates who are prepared to function as employees and entrepreneurs.

In helping to fine-tune the students’ skills and knowledge, the Cooperative Education and Workforce Readiness Center will morph to include graduate employment services. This combination of career shadowing, co-op placement and internship services will leverage student degrees to prepare graduates to compete in the job market. They will reinforce the essentials of adding value to any business, agency or organization that they may seek.

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Taketa queen of the festival

Community News

December 22, 2010

WAILUKU – Dayna Ta-keta, a junior at Baldwin High School, earned the crown of the 58th Chrysanthemum Festival sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans.

Taketa, 15, of Kahului, is the daughter of Russell and Jackie Taketa.

The queen of the event is the candidate who raises the most funds for the sponsor.

Also competing this year were Julia Keakealani Bissen, 16, of Wailuku, daughter of Charmaine and Kenneth Bissen Jr., a junior at St. Anthony Junior Senior High School; Lyssa Kei Nishikawa, 16, of Pukalani, daughter of Nelson and Lois Nishikawa, a junior at Seabury Hall; Beth Onaga, 17, of Wailuku, daughter of Geri and Stephen Onaga, a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui; and Joni Sanchez Casio, 16, of Pukalani, daughter of Jackee Sanchez, a junior at King Kekaulike High School.

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