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(Thurs., April 21, 2011)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today honored 80 Honolulu seniors for their service to the community, akamai living and aloha spirit.


"Honolulu is truly blessed to have so many senior volunteers who serve unselfishly to help those in need," Carlisle said at the 45th Annual Mayor's Senior Recognition Program, held at the Hawaii Convention Center. "We deeply appreciate all the ways they help from their hearts."


U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was a special guest this year, and also offered congratulatory remarks to the seniors before an enthusiastic audience of family, friends and well-wishers.


This year's theme, "Healthy Living by Sharing Aloha," recognized that volunteering benefits one's health and well-being, while providing valuable service to the community. 


James A. Howell, nominated by the Sage Plus Program, and Anita Loando-Acohido, nominated by Our Lady of Sorrow Church, were named the 2011 Outstanding Male and Female Volunteers.


Also recognized were four Akamai Living Award winners: Eudice Schick, Colleen Minami, Shirley Ota and Felix Cabangon. These seniors represent the many who generously help others cope with life's difficulties or assist organizations that deliver healthcare, recreational or social services.


Keahi Tucker and Stephanie Lum of Hawaii News Now served as emcees for the event. The program featured entertainment by Henry Kapono, the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Moiliili Community Center's Rhythm and Life group, and the Na Kupuna O'Koolau seniors. 


 The 45th Annual Mayor's Senior Recognition Program was produced by the Honolulu Committee on Aging and the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu. The Hawaii Medical Service Association and First Hawaiian Bank were principal sponsors of the program.




Media contact: May Fujii Foo, Elderly Affairs Division, 768-7709.