College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Sociology



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Cullen Hayashida

Cullen Hayashida

Affiliate Faculty


Ph.D. Sociology - University of Washington, Seattle (1976)

Ph.D. Sociology - University of Washington (Seattle)
Willamette University - Salem, Oregon
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio
Kuakini Medical Center, Research & Planning, Gerontology Program Initiatives
Maluhia Long-term Care Health Center - Asst Administrator
Kapiolani Community College, Kupuna Education Center - Founding Director



I have conducted research and program development in the following areas:
a. Adult day care programs ability to serve ICF nursing home level residents
b Ability of small residential care homes to accommodate nursing home level residents
c. Factors affecting relocation trauma from home to nursing home care
d. Role of community colleges in addressing eldercare workforce training needs
e. Need for the articulation of non-credit eldercare training with credit course training to maximize eldercare workforce utilization
f. Introducing gerontological curriculum in all research disciplines with population aging and the need to address the needs of older adults in all fields
g. Role of home telehealth technologies to compensate for workforce shortages
h. Review of 9 societal strategies to address eldercare workforce shortages in Asia
i. Comparative studies of the various active aging/pre-retirement planning training approaches

Given the growth of the older adult population, its high cost, the tendency to medicalize and emphasize institutional care, most of my work has focused on developing and evaluating innovative strategies to promote home and community based services for older adults. More recently, my work has shifted from the study of aging from a sickcare to a wellcare perspective and age as an asset to the community.

To that end, I have worked on:
1. developing and evaluating a variety of home and community based services (adult day health care, assisted living, affordable supportive senior housing, use of care homes for nursing home care, home health care, rehab oriented ICF level nursing home care, personal emergency response systems, case management, etc.
2. Developing and evaluating standardized family caregiver training and paraprofessional training to increase the availability of eldercare workers. The use of community colleges for eldercare workforce development through the articulation of non-credit to credit course agreements to minimize societal human resource losses.
3. Developing and evaluating programs to view age as an asset and not jsut as a geriatric pathology. All to often, we view retirement as a way to be 'put out to the pasture' and not recognize that retirees have 20-30 bonus years and the ability to remain engaged and productive. Can this perspective assist in addressing societal sustainability and resilience? .
4. I am working closely with my colleagues in East Asia to monitor and identify best practices particularly in strategies addressing eldercare workforce shortages. Thus far, 9 strategies are being monitored.



Soc. 453-Analysis in the Sociology of Aging & Long-term Care; Soc. 353 - Soc. of Aging; Directed Reading and Research

I have advised graduate students in gerontological research in Sociology and Nursing including a doctoral student at the University of Sydney (Australia)


Awards & Honors

Fellow, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2014)