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AARP & Sky Blossom: The Kapanui & Bushatz Families

Start Date:4/7/2021

Start Time:6:00 PM HAST

Duration:60 minutes


Sky Blossom is a raw, candid look at the 24.5 million teens and twenty-somethings caring for a veteran parent or grandparent. Caring for family with tough medical conditions, they stay at home doing things often seen only in hospitals. They are cheerleaders, work part time, and go to college — but also live double lives — quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.

In tonight's excerpt, we meet the Kapanui Family, residing in Hawaii. The Hawaiian word kuleana (responsibility) defines Kaleo and Kamaile’s work as primary caregivers for grandpa. There are no parents to care for Bobby. The grandkids are it. And for now, despite having a scholarship, college isn’t it. Moving in with Bobby is their dorm life. We will also meet the Bushatz Family, residing in Alaska. Luke is a hero to his two sons and his wife. The entire family demonstrates how they've all worked together to create a nucleus of love and support. This event is live only and a recording will not be available after the event concludes.

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Bushatz Family

When Luke returned home from serving as a ranger in the Army, even the most commonplace things like traffic and crowds of people became triggers for post-traumatic stress. In 2016, the Bushatz family moved from Tennessee to Anchorage, Alaska both in support of Luke’s recovery and as a fresh start for the family. For sons David and Huck, it’s undeniable who their hero is: Luke. They care deeply for their father’s well-being and try to bring joy to Luke’s life through even the smallest of actions, such as helping with household chores or drawing pictures for him. “Giving up? That’s not an option. So we just keep pushing,” says wife Amy.

Richard Lui

Director and MSNBC News Anchor

Richard Lui is a veteran and award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in television, film, technology, and business. Currently at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. Richard’s directorial debut, the documentary, “SKY BLOSSOM” is nominated for an AARP Movies For Grownups Award. Learn more at

Bill Staton

AARP Hawaii Volunteer

Bill Staton is an AARP Maui volunteer distinguished with a National AARP Andrus Award for Community Service for his work on Veteran’s projects and events. After serving as an Army Sergeant in Vietnam, Bill returned home to become a strong voice for his fellow veterans during his college years, and later in his career position with the then newly established State Office of Veterans Services. Retiring from the State after more than 20years, Bill now serves as a Chaplain for the Vietnam Veterans of Maui County and the Maui County Correctional Center, an ordained Pastor for Kahului Baptist Church, a Mediator/Mentor for Mediation Services of Maui, an active member on the VA’s Pacific Island Care Services Advisory Board as well as the Maui Veterans Council, and as a speaker for many AARP programs and events.
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