Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Hawaii State Seal

Hawaii’s Kokua Mau
in finals for competition
in innovation

Star-Bulletin staff

A Hawaii public-private partnership to improve end-of-life care is one of 98 semifinalists in the Innovations in American Government Awards.

The program, Kokua Mau, is operated by the state Executive Office on Aging with other government, university and private nonprofit corporations and organizations.

Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,300 applicants. They range from local school districts to federal efforts and programs that encourage recycling, provide health care for the rural poor, improve crime scene investigations, provide shelter for the homeless, improve food safety and many others.

Semifinalists include 16 federal projects, 40 state, 19 city and town programs, 12 county, seven school districts, three government corporations and two tribal governments.

Applications are judged on originality of approach, effectiveness in addressing a problem, value of services to clients and potential for duplication in another area.

Fifteen finalists will be named in September, and five winning programs will be announced Oct. 17 after presentations Oct. 16 to the National Selection Committee on Innovations in American Government, chaired by David Gergen, editor at large, U.S. News & World Report.

Winners will each receive a $100,000 award. The remaining 10 finalists will each receive $20,000.

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