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State honors senior volunteers

Vivian Aiona and the 2009 Senior Volunteer Award recipients. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

Vivian Aiona and the 2009 Senior Volunteer Award recipients. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

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The state’s Executive Office on Aging and the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs  honored the contributions of Hawaii’s kupuna at a recent luncheon at Washington Place.

The state recognized eight honorees, two from each county, for their dedicated service to their communities.

Vivian Aiona presented a proclamation on behalf of Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, who proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Hawaii to coincide with President Obama’s proclamation that pronounced this year’s theme as “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow.”

Each county selected honorees from among their peers.

The 2009 honorees included:

* Sarah Togashi and Ah Vin “Jacob” Zane (Hawaii County)

* Janice Bond and Arnulfo Diaz, M.D. (Kauai County)

* June Kaaihue and Larry Carter (Maui County)

* Michiko Motooka and Charles Clark (City and County of Honolulu).

“As we commemorate Hawaii’s golden jubilee of statehood, we honor individuals in their golden years,” said EOA executive director Noemi Pendleton. “Because our kupuna were ‘Living Today for a Better Tomorrow’ years ago, Hawaii is blessed with the fruits of their labor and the rich legacy they are creating for our state. Their contributions make Hawaii a better and healthier place to live, work and play.”

This is the 43rd year Hawaii has celebrated Older Americans Month.

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