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Kupuna art shines

PUHI — Sharon Lasker, marketing director for the Regency at Puakea, was wearing art Wednesday.

“Jeanne Palmer created these,” she said, pointing to her earrings featuring the local bird, a rooster. “I forgot my pair at home this morning, and remembered she had created these a few years back. She created these after moving here and seeing all the chickens.”

Palmer was one of the featured artists in the 6th annual Kupuna Art Showcase which is part of the National Assisted Living Week observance taking place at the Regency, and open to the public.

“This is my most favorite activity,” Lasker said. “Next to this, I really like the bon dance we put on for our residents.”

Working with a theme of “Family is Forever,” Lasker said activities included a posting of baby pictures of staff and residents for the audience to guess the identities of, and a family tree which includes residents, staff, and the community.

“The family tree was inspired by a quote from Maya Angelou who said ‘Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.’” Lasker said. “I really like that passage, and we are proud to showcase the accomplishments of our kupuna.”

Judy Segawa obliged Larry Littleton who asked her to recite one of her poetry creations using the 5-7-5 style while she was in Tokyo, Japan.

“I have to look at you,” Littleton said, adjusting himself so he could see Segawa reading a piece done in Japanese calligraphy. “I cannot hear, so I need to read your lips to ‘hear.’”

Palmer was occupied with showing the various artwork, including commemorative quilts, paintings and jewelry she created over the years.

“Look at how much we’ve learned in just this short span of time,” Lasker said while chatting with Judy’s daughter. “We’re all connected. That makes us family.”

Betty Carroll, a resident at Regency for five years, said she had pieces on display, including a landscape.

“Do you know what they call Eunice Bergnio, the activities director?” Carroll said. “They call her ‘You Nice.’”

Lasker said activities run through Saturday.

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