Check out the Questionnaire!

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ALOHA! If you have read the introductory page on this blog, you know that I will write about my current qualitative research on active women over seventy years of age. I have been granted sabbatical for the fall semester 2018 and this research is my project.

At eighty-three years of age, I am in my third career as an Associate Professor of Social Science teaching Women’s Studies, Gerontology, and Psychology courses. This summer, I am making an extended road trip on the mainland USA to interview other women who are still involved with a career, or who do a lot of traveling, or who are writing, or who are athletes, or who are engaged in actively living life somehow. I will not be able to reach everyone, of course, but it seems almost everyone knows at least one woman who fits that profile as well.

Please check the page in this blog for “Questionnaire for Perennials” to find out the sort of information I seek.  I would love for you and/or your friends who are over seventy to respond. The more responses I get, the better results my research will provide.



E Komo Mai!

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Welcome to my new blog!

Many years ago, a friend who was writing a book on “late bloomers” approached me about being interviewed and included. I granted her the interview although I knew I was not a late bloomer; I had been blooming all my life and was continuing to bloom well into my later decades. I decided I was a “perennial.”

That was the impetus for my research and for this new blog. I knew I was not the only woman who continued to bloom past the age of seventy with no end in sight. I will concentrate on interviews, conversations, emails, texts, quotes, and more from women who redefine the conventional archetype of middle/later adulthood. It will demonstrate that what was once considered the “washed up” years actually can be a rebirth of opportunity, creativity, and the ideal time for self-actualization.

This blog will contain the process of research beginning on my sabbatical from Hawai`i Community College-Pālamanui in Kailua-Kona, HI during the fall semester of 2018. I will return to my teaching position as Associate Professor in spring of 2019.

If you want to view my “old” blog, please visit, which will be ten years old later this month.

A hui hou!