Kupuna art on display Wednesday

LIHUE — Poetry, caligraphy, and more will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday when the Regency at Puakea, a retirement and assisted living facility, opens the doors to its activities room with the annual Kupuna Arts Showcase.

“This is open to the public,” said Sharon Lasker, Regency’s director of marketing and community relations. “This is our seventh year to be showcasing the many talents of our residents.”

The showcase is one of the special activities being hosted by the Regency at Puakea as part of National Assisted Living Week that starts Sunday and runs through Sept. 15.

The event, part of a week-long series of activities, joins tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country celebrating the observance with festivities.

Capture the Moment, the theme of this year’s National Assisted Living Week, hopes to inspire assisted living residents to enjoy the present while still celebrating the past.

Many adults 65 and older battle isolation and loneliness as they age. This can impact their mental, emotional, and physical health. Community engagement may be one of the keys to combating these issues, and the Regency at Puakea offers life-enriching social activities to help residents continue to lead fulfilling lives.

“Often, it is the little, everyday moments in assisted living between staff and residents that deepen bonds, enrich lives, and improve care,” said Pam Arroyo of the Regency at Puakea. “Our community’s kupuna are unique individuals who still have so much to give, and we are honored to serve them during this pivotal time in their lives.”

The Regency also offers “Moments with Legal Political Candidates,” Monday morning. This is an opportunity for candidates in the upcoming election to meet and greet with Regency residents and staff in the Activities Room.

“We encourage members of the community to come visit Regency at Puakea during this National Assisted Living Week,” Arroyo said. “Engaging with kupuna can be a rewarding experience. Our residents always enjoy sharing ‘their home,’ and conversation with visitors to our Regency community.”

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. will also join the celebration today with a proclamation celebrating the week’s observance in the Activities Room starting at 11 a.m.

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