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The 42nd Annual Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program was presented Friday, April 11, at the
Norberto Baysa nominated by the Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors Club, and Gladys Takamoto, nominated by Councilmember Rod Tam and
This year’s theme, “Healthy Living by Sharing Aloha,” recognizes that volunteering benefits one’s health and well-being, while providing valuable service to the community.
Kim Gennaula and Guy Hagi were masters of ceremony for the event. The program featured entertainment by Karen Keawehawaii, the Royal
The 42nd Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program was produced by the Honolulu Committee on Aging and the Elderly Affairs Division of the Department of Community Services. The
The 42nd Annual Mayor’s Senior Recognition Program
Outstanding Senior Male and Female Volunteer 2008
OUTSTANDING MALE VOLUNTEER
Norberto Baysa, age 75
Dr. Baysa serves as the club’s president. He always looks for ways that will benefit seniors. When conducting meetings and group activities, he never lets the meeting end without leading a group exercise. Dr. Baysa volunteered his services during an unexpected major physician shortage at the Wahiawa Clinic. He continues to serve on the various boards for
OUTSTANDING FEMALE VOLUNTEER
Gladys Takamoto, age 91
Nominated by Councilmember Rod Tam and
Gladys’ nominator says, “May I look this good and be so healthy and mentally sharp as this nominee is at age 91.” Gladys has been volunteering at the
PLATINUM AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER
Nellie Aina, age 72
Nnominated by the Waimanalo Seniors
Nellie volunteers for the Waimanalo Senior Program, the Alu Like Kupuna Program, the Waimanalo Food Bank, the Kailua Food Bank, and the Neighborhood Watch Program. At the Alu Like program Nellie arrives early to prepare for the day’s activities and assists with the meal service. She leads the whole group with singing and entertains with her ukulele, along with teaching others how to make haku lei. Each week she helps frail seniors in the neighborhood with household chores and shares food. Living in Waimanalo, there are many homeless families along the beach. Nellie greets them with her aloha and delivers food along with blankets and clothing to them. Sharing her aloha, is what Nellie is all about.
GOLD AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER
Gloria Lopez, age 71
Gloria not only volunteers Monday through Friday, but is also available on weekends. She is the primary resource in keeping seniors informed about programs available to them and follows through on what needs to be done to get needed health and social services. Gloria also assists with the Health Maintenance Program helping with daily blood pressure screenings, and teaches dancing and exercise movements making it a positive and enjoyable activity. By setting an example, Gloria is a major source of encouragement to her fellow seniors. She regularly assists frail seniors with their shopping, as well as supporting their efforts to remain as independent and active as possible. She helps with numerous community projects, such as Neighborhood Watch and the Weed and Seed program.
Silver Akamai Living Lifetime Award Winner
Gladys Watanabe, age 76
Nominated by Aiealani Seniors
An active member of the Aiealani Seniors, Gladys has served as treasurer and is currently serving as their recording secretary. She provides transportation for members unable to drive. An avid recycler she initiated the club’s recycling program, collecting items and donating them to the neighboring schools’ recycling events. Gladys is also active in the Honolulu Rose Society, serving as past secretary and currently as historian. She’s often referred to as the “Rose Lady” because of her skill in raising award winning blooms. Gladys also assists the Aiea Public Library with various programs, and she entertains residents at the Aiea Rest Home.
BRONZE AKAMAI LIVING AWARD WINNER
Florence Menor, age 76
Nominated by the
|Friday, April 11, 2008|