KAPAA — Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital celebrated Filipino Fiesta Friday with music, dance and plenty of smiles, too.
“This is Hawaii, the melting pot,” said Josie Pablo of the hospital’s recreation department.
Placido Valenciano, hospital physical therapist, even donned his barong, a Filipino formal attire, for the event. He was joined by other members of the hospital staff who wore regional Philippine attire such as the kimona.
Cres Bunao was especially proud to bring in her Philippines flag for flying over the event in the hospital’s courtyard.
“This is one of the ways we can perpetuate the Filipino culture,” said Pacita Jimenez of the Lihue Senior Center Philippine Cultural Group.
“The residents have spent weeks coloring the Philippines flag,” Pablo said.
Pablo said during these difficult economic times volunteers and community partnerships are valuable resources Mahelona Hospital leans on to make these types of programs successful.
“We have Tommy and Wilma Chandler, and Dennis Thomas who are our (very) active volunteers,” Pablo said. “Aaron’s Kitchen in Hanapepe donated to cook the pig in the lechon style as well as provide other dishes. The pig was donated by Kaneshiro Farms, and the hospital staff was excited about donating desserts, anxious for people to try their creations.”