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Aging with Aloha Festival

An event forall ages.

July 23, 2009
Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez

The event will offer crafts and food booths, live entertainment including music, dancing, and “Elvis.” Keiki activities and ententainment will include Kula the Clown, a bouncy gym, face painting and tattoos.

According to Rita Barreras, project director for the Aging with Aloha Coalition, “The Aging with Aloha inaugural festival is the first in the state and brings new meaning to the concept of aging. Our coalition is pioneering social change about what it means to age well; not just age as a number, but a process of aging from keiki to kūpuna.”

The festival will begin with a welcoming ceremony and remarks from Mayor Charmaine Tavares, State Rep. Mele Carroll and Aging with Aloha Coalition leaders Deborah Arendale, Tony Kreig and Barreras. A “Welcoming Chant” by Keoki Sousa will follow.

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Mayor Charmaine Tavares (left) and Aging with Aloha Coalition Project Director Rita Barreras are scheduled to speak at the Aging with Aloha Festival on Saturday, July 25.

From 10 to 11 a.m., festival-goers will be entertained by the Hawaiian music of Ola Hou. Sharon Morris and the Line Dancers take the stage from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., along with country western singer Brandi Souza and Dwayne Moleta of Electric Slide. A tribute to Elvis will be featured from 11:45 a.m. to noon, with three Elvis impersonators: Richard Kaneshiro, Jan McDonald and Allen Idemoto.

At 12:15 p.m., there will be Filipino dance with Madelyne Pascua and singing by Ish Trono. Les Adams and Friends, a blues band, will follow at 1:15 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. Japanese entertainment with Mrs. Cup Choy and singing by Nancy Tamayose will follow.

Entertainment will conclude with a 3:30 to 4 p.m. performance of Zeishin Daiko by Tony and Val Jones.

The daylong festival is also a celebration of “Kūpuna Recognition Day,” which was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2006. Rep. Carroll, author of the legislation, will recognize the significant role that older adults play in Hawai‘i’s culture, history and traditions by designating the fourth Saturday as Kūpuna Recognition Day. Carroll will honor Maui County’s 2009 Older Americans of the Year honorees: June Ka‘aihue of Lahaina and Larry Carter of Pukalani.

In addition to food, quality handmade crafts for purchase, live entertainment and other family fun activities, Barreras said, “Festival booths will be offered where attendees can learn about Maui’s many home- and community-based service providers, and how to get involved.”

Prior to holding the festival, coalition members met at Maui Tropical Plantation on June 23 to hear an annual report on their work in the areas of membership, financial support, the development of regional community groups and the mission and goals of the organization. All elements met or exceeded their goals.

Aging with Aloha Coalition members include agencies, organizations and individuals representing caregivers; public, private, and for-profit home- and community-based long-term care service providers; funding sources; local government; corporations; and the media.

 
 
 

 

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