Rice Street Business Association wins AARP grant Andrew B. Reiter July 22, 2022 Association union LIHU’E — Three organizations across the state — including the Rice Street Business Association — are the recipients of 2022 AARP Community Challenge grants totaling $49,500, part of $3.4 million awarded to 260 organizations nationwide national. The Lihu’e Group will receive $20,000 to create complete streets, place-making and public art projects. The project includes pedestrian rainbow artwork, bus shelter murals, Wi-Fi hotspots, native street trees and community gardens. Grantees will implement quick action projects that will help communities become more livable by improving public places, transportation, housing, diversity, equity and inclusion, digital access and engagement civic, focusing on the needs of adults aged 50 and over. “AARP Hawai’i is committed to working with communities to improve the quality of life for residents through tangible change,” said Keali’i Lopez, AARP Hawai’i State Director. “We are proud to partner with this year’s grantees as they make immediate improvements in their communities to initiate long-term change, especially for kupuna aged 50+.” Other Hawai’i grantees and their projects are: • Hui O Hau’ula, $18,000, to build a walking path with seating and a mural around a five-acre site for a future community center/resilience center in Hau’ula on Oahu that will also serve as a emergency shelter where residents can shelter safely during a hurricane or tsunami; • Krause’ Alana Ke Aloha and Guzeiji Soto Mission Moloka’i Family Foundation, $11,500, to create an accessible and attractive outdoor community hotspot on Moloka’i where kupuna and other residents can access to the Internet and learn digital literacy. AARP Community Challenge grant projects will be funded in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. True to the fast-acting nature of the program, projects must be completed by November 30. This year, AARP is strengthening its investment in affordable and adaptable housing solutions in response to the national housing crisis. With additional financial support from Toyota Motor North America, the program is also increasing its support for projects that improve mobility innovation and transportation options. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, neighborhoods and rural areas to become livable places for people of all ages. Since the Community Challenge Grant program launched in 2017, some 20 Hawaiian projects have received $234,366 to improve and create parks, beautify urban areas, bring mobile and live theater to the island of Hawaii, encourage sharing bicycles by older residents, making the streets safer. and generally make communities more livable.