Kupuna shine

  • Sadie Doi, June Ikemoto

  • Lillian Karson, Carmen Natcarte, Mia Karson

  • Sophie Castro, Julie Lopez, Solidad Lagazo

  • Edwin Vea, Melanie Okamoto

  • Irene Niitani, Glenda Tamashiro, Tomas Chaves

  • Chad Koga, Makana Waiamau, Andra Ota

  • Stephanie Klask, Chaunci Cummings, Dawn Cummings

  • Patsy Imano, Dianne Tabura, Mitzi Valdez

  • Pam Watanabe, Joyce Nagata

  • June Tanigawa, Marilyn Haugh, Lorna Ching

Yoyo lei, yoyo key chains, baked goods and Chinese pretzels were the orders of the day as kupuna took the spotlight in the annual Kauai Senior Craft and Food Fair that filled the lobby and meeting area of the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue recently.

In keeping with the theme of food, fun, and shopping, Clyde Vito of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation invited people to join the Hanapepe seniors in their Chicken Dance, where the featured kupuna donned realistic chicken headdresses.

The Lihue seniors donned colorful Filipino costumes with their medley of dances choreographed by Alan Villaflor, and the Kalaheo seniors took the stage with their entertainment lineup.

Formerly known as the Senior Extravaganza, the gathering is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation department and Na Kupuna Council to showcase the talents and achievements of Kauai’s kupuna, with proceeds going back to benefit Kauai senior centers, most of which are at county neighborhood centers.


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