8 Kaua‘i kupuna to be honored at Older Americans Recognition Ceremony

Every May, communities across the country show their gratitude for the countless contributions and sacrifices made by older adults that ensure a better life for future generations.
This year, eight Kaua‘i kupuna, who were nominated for the Outstanding Older Americans awards, will be honored next month at the annual Older Americans Recognition Ceremony.
The event will be held on Thursday, May 14 at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort starting at 9:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Those who wish to stay for lunch will need to purchase a ticket. The price is $25 per person.
Among the honorees are Barbara Leaman, Kamari Napa’s, Carolina Santos, Pat Simpson, Guy Ambrose, Roger Caires, Ralph Leaman and Charles Rebb.
The theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Get Into the Act”, which highlights how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and making a positive impact on the lives of others. It also notes the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, which was signed by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
“While the Agency on Elderly Affairs provides services, support and resources for older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers us the opportunity to increase awareness about the specialized information and services that our agency provides,” said Kealoha Takahashi, executive on aging. 
If you need an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format or other auxiliary aid, please contact the Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470 or via email, elderlyaffairs@kauai.gov, at least seven days prior to the event.
To purchase a luncheon ticket, call 241-4470 by May 1.
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Some of the 2015 nominees for Kaua‘i’s Outstanding Male and Female Older American awards pose for a photo with Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. From L to R: Guy Ambrose; Charles Rebb; Mayor Carvalho; Carolina Santos; Pat Simpson; and Kamai Napaa. Missing from photo: Roger Caires and Barbara and Ralph Leaman.