LIHUE — They come from all walks of life and the only thing they might have in common is they are Kauai’s Living Treasures.
“The Kauai Museum is honored to be able to acknowledge these special citizens who have help make our community into the Kauai we all know and love,” said Maryanne Kusaka, president of the Kauai Museum board of directors. “We’re also fortunate that Kauai is such a giving community and wants to help honor these living treasures.”
Shirley Akita, Thomas Adam Kaipo Chandler, Dr. Monty Downs, Tommy Hashimoto, Sharron Weber, James Yamamoto, Peter Yukimura, and the Smith ohana of Charlotte Kaui Smith, Walter “Freckles” and Mokihana Smith were announced the 2016 Na Hulu Kupuna Makamae, or Our Treasured Kupuna, during the museum’s monthly paina held on the first Friday of each month.
The Kauai Museum will honor each of the 2016 Living Treasures of Kauai and Niihau during its annual Na Hulu Kupuna Makamae luncheon Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.
During the luncheon, people will have an opportunity to greet and speak with each of the Living Treasures as well as share some of their contributions to the community through special exhibits each honoree will have available.
“People have been asking who are the honorees,” Kusaka said. “We’re finally able to release the names for the Kauai Museum’s 2016 Living Treasures of Kauai and Niihau.”
Tickets and information are available at the Kauai Museum.
Information: 245-6931 or www.kauaimuseum.org.