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The Hawaiian word "kupuna" roughly translates to elder, grandparent, or an esteemed older person. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Friends and family members who care for elders are on their own, for the most part, dependent on whatever aid organizations they can connect with that might provide respite or assistance of one kind or another.

But that’s not the case in Hawaii—at least not any longer—after Governor David Ige signed the Kupuna Caregivers Assistance Act into law. A Quartz report explains that the Hawaiian word “kupuna” roughly translates to elder, grandparent, or an esteemed older person, and that the new law—which took effect earlier this month—provides those who care for an elderly family member while also working at least 30 hours a week with a stipend of up to $70 per day.

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