A lovely day for a party

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    A tray of specially-themed cupcakes with fresh strawberries prepared by chef Kingsley Simeona await residents at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Valentine’s Day shindig.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A tray of chocolate-covered fresh strawberries prepared by chef Kingsley Simeona await the residents of Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital in Kapaa, during a Valentine’s Day shindig.

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    The Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Valentine’s Day royalty includes, from left, princesses Charlene Yoneji, Margie Ponce, Melody Pascual, Queen Lolita Villanueva, King William Villanueva, and princesses Elsie Rivera, Helen Nishimura and Julia Bowman.

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    Mila Peralta-Maliare pounds out “Unchained Melody,” Madeline Peralta-Tagavilla does a selfie with the Valentine’s Day royalty, and Melody Pascual, one of the Valentine princesses, dances Thursday during the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Valentine’s day gathering in the auditorium.

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    Mila Peralta-Maliare, visiting from Fresno, California, tickles the ivories Thursday during the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Valentine’s Day gathering in the auditorium.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lalaine Rabaino, left, and Juvie Bercasio, right, of the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital recreation staff, primp Lolita and William Villanueva for their positions, framed by rose vases contributed by SonFlorist for the residents, Thursday during the hospital’s Valentine’s Day gathering in the auditorium.

KAPAA — Lolita Villanueva said she was told she could have her day off next week.

Thursday, she joined her husband William in reigning at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Valentine’s Day gathering in the hospital’s auditorium, safe and protected from the cold winds and rains that blanketed the island.

“This has been a busy week,” Lolita said. “I’m supposed to have a day off, but they wanted me here. My husband, he look at me and said, ‘You can have day off next week.’”

The hospital went all-out in celebrating the reason for the “What day is today?” and “What is so special about today?” morning session, where residents are quizzed to keep their minds alert.

“My boss Josie Pablo is not here today,” said Juvie Bercasio, one of the hospital’s recreation staff. “But she wants to see so I’m doing the phone picture.” Bercasio and her cousins, Mila Peralta-Maliare of Fresno, Calif., and Madeline Peralta-Tagavilla of San Jose, helping with live entertainment while the residents were wheeling into the decorated auditorium.

The hospital’s princesses for the day were Charlene Yoneji, Margie Ponce, Melody Pascual, Elsie Rivera, Helen Nishimura and Julia Bowman.

Chef Kingsley Simeona, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Kauai Region chef, unveiled trays of special treats, including cupcakes graced with strawberries. The festivities were topped with a contribution of rose vases, enough for each resident, provided by SonFlorist, which also ensured that there were enough vases to provide residents at Kauai Memorial Veterans Hospital in Waimea with special Valentine’s Day love as well.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

1 Comments
  1. ruthann jones February 15, 2019 5:53 am Reply

    I am touched by the loving kindness I see here….so much needed in the world we live in today.
    Thank you.


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