Outstanding seniors honored

The 40th annual Older American Awards ceremony will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at the Kaua‘i Beach Hotel and Resort, according to a press release.

The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “Senior Fiesta: Kaua‘i Celebrates Healthy Aging.”

“Our theme represents a commitment made by officials with the County of Kaua‘i Agency on Elderly Affairs and the U.S. Administration on Aging to prepare for a larger aging population — the baby boomers,” said Kealoha Takahashi, executive on aging for the Offices of Community Assistance, in the release. “(This year) is a milestone for the generation of baby boomers as many of them are turning 60 this year.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be Kaua‘i District Health Officer Dr. Dileep Bal, who will talk about the future of aging.

Nine outstanding Kaua‘i seniors will be honored at the awards ceremony including n Nieves Antonio, Alfred and Evelyn Laureta, Francisca Loniza, Charles Moriguchi, Katsumi Oyama, Monroe Richman, Jacquelyn Schoening and Nobue Watanabe.

Those who nominated the above-mentioned seniors for the 2006 Outstanding Male and Female Older American Awards noted that they serve as great examples of how seniors today are celebrating healthy aging by continuing to keep active and contributing their time and talents to the community.

The awards ceremony is being held in conjunction with the national recognition of May as Older Americans Month. The ceremony is sponsored by the Mayor’s office and the Offices of Community Assistance Agency on Elderly Affairs.

For more information, call the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470.

Special accommodations and sign language interpreters are available upon request five days prior to the event by calling AEA.

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