New year brings renewed hope in Hanapepe

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pearl Ajimine blesses areas outside the Hanapepe Recreation Center, including the landscaping and beloved Adenium Garden set up by the Hanapepe Seniors, on Tuesday morning.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Pearl Ajimine, second from right, distributes Hawaiian salt to members of the Hanapepe Senior Center on Tuesday while Kahu Kauilani Kahalekai, center, explains ha to the kupuna during the new year blessing at the Hanapepe Recreation Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kahu Kauilani Kahalekai, center, gets help from Pearl Ajimine, left, while performing a personalized blessing for a member of the Hanapepe Senior Center on Tuesday at the Hanapepe Recreation Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kahu Kauilani Kahalekai, seated with lei, getting help from Pearl Ajimine, right, as she performs a personalized blessing for Hanapepe Senior Center member Sadie Doi on Tuesday as part of the new year blessing at the Hanapepe Recreation Center.

HANAPEPE — Members of the Hanapepe Senior Center approached the world with a renewed sense of hope and joy on Tuesday following a special blessing officiated by Kahu Kauilani Kahalekai and her helper, Pearl Ajimine, at the Hanapepe Recreation Center.

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