Regency shows off its talent

PUHI — Dolores Dugan stopped quilting to chat with the steady flow of people Tuesday at the Regency at Puakea activities room.

“We have a wide variety of talent (from the residents),” Dugan said. “I do quilting instead of spending my time watching television.”

Dugan was one of many artists showcased during the Regency’s fourth annual Kupuna Arts Show held in conjunction with National Assisted Living Week, “Nourishing Life: Mind Body Spirit.”

“I have been living here for four years and it couldn’t be better,” Dugan said, exchanging her quilt square. “The staff is great and the accommodations and people are really good.”

Judy Segawa proudly showed off her collection of Okinawa artifacts, including a doll playing a koto and pieces of poetry scribed onto small strips of paper.

“This piece talks about the experience of Kokee in the morning when we were up there to pick plums,” Segawa said. “Using one of four Oriental poetry styles, I sent this piece to Tokyo, Japan where it ended up winning first place, and the Honolulu Advertiser did a story on it.”

Gladys Okada, recently acknowledged as family to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, also had a variety of poetry, scribed both in English and Japanese, as well as original lyrics to songs she composed on display.

“Do you even realize that she is visually impaired?” said Sharon Lasker, the Regency marketing director. “Despite her limitations, she continues to inspire and lead our residents.”

Dugan said the quilts she and Lihue Lutheran Church volunteers work on go to help children.

“We ship about 130 quilts of all different styles and types in a year,” Dugan said. “Most of it goes to a place in the Midwest who takes in homeless children. Visitors come and see us work and offer us fabric for the quilts. We try to ship the quilts anywhere we can.”

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