Sweetheart party for seniors

“I thank the Lord that I’m here to enjoy,” said Katherine Martin of the Kekaha Senior Center on Friday. “When you get our age — I’m in my 80s — every day counts.”

Martin was one of more than 200 kupuna from senior centers who converged at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall to celebrate a 60s-themed Valentine’s Day dance hosted by the Kaumakani and Kilauea senior centers.

Stan and Marie Yadao provided live music for the morning of dancing and fellowship.

“We took a break for a while,” Stan said. “Marie got new knees, so while we were on break, Ron Toki filled in for us. But we’re back.”

Melanie Okamoto, senior coordinator for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said she was lucky to get help from so many volunteers, including her daughter Haley, who is home from school for the Presidents Day weekend.

“James Kealalio is the rock,” Okamoto said. “We never got too much help doing this before, but now we have James and he has done so much to make this a success.”

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. made an appearance, too. He dressed like a pop singer and sang and danced with the crowd.

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