Kupuna Achievers: Arkie Koehl
According to MADD, every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving accident. Surprised at these statistics and determined to make a difference, Arcadia Resident Mr. Arkie Koehl began volunteering for MAAD after a career in advertising.
According to the national highway traffic safety administration, on average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. The more statistics Mr. Koehl learned, the more he wanted to change the odds for the better.
His efforts have paid off over time, but he keeps going no matter what. He hopes he can inspire our younger generation to do the same.
Thank you, Mr. Koehl, for all that you do to help keep Hawaii’s roads, and residents, safe!
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Kupuna Achievers: Lenley Hawksworth
Arcadia’s very own Mr. Lenley Hawksworth was just in grade school when he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Decades later, Mr. Hawksworth now volunteers at Pearl Harbor every Tuesday, sharing his childhood story and helping guests understand more about the attack. He enjoys recounting his memories of that important day and sharing his experiences with the many visitors of Pearl Harbor.
Mr. Hawksworth is no stranger to serving others: He was in the ROTC at Kaiser High School and also served as a Lieutenant in the Army. He eventually made his way to the YMCA for the duration his career.
Thank you, Mr. Hawksworth, for all that you do in the community. We’re proud you are a part of Arcadia’s ohana!
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Health care center residents get furry visit
There’s no easier way to make an ordinary day extraordinary than to include some furry friends!
Arcadia’s Health Care Center residents were visited by three dogs: Bruce, Ini, and Kii from Honolulu’s Hawaii Doggie Bakery. Niki and Joanne, the pet owners, are no stranger to visiting Arcadia’s residents: Joanne has been coming for the last 10 years!
Residents enjoyed petting the dogs and making them play tricks. Bruce, the Shiba Inu, was able to give one resident a “high-five” in exchange for a tasty doggie treat. Other tricks that delighted residents were rolling over and “speaking.”
The best part of their visit was the residents who were able to reminisce about the dogs their families owned in the past. Residents recounted their family German Shepherds, lap dogs, and even how special it felt to take their family dogs on a walk every night.
Mahalo nui loa to Niki and Joanne for sharing the aloha along with their doggie pals. We couldn’t be happier you visited, and we’re all looking forward to your return!
Arcadia Hosts Cards + Games Party
Arcadia residents hosted its Annual Cards + Games in March. The party offered residents the chance to mix and mingle over games like Mahjong, scrabble, and even black jack!
A silent auction, which featured donated items like a ukulele and premium Scotch,attracted residents and staff alike to bid. Each table earned a break from all their fun gaming to pick a prize from the well-stocked prize table, and residents enjoyed a sampling of snacks like homemade biscotti, popcorn, and nuts.
No party would be complete without a raffle – $1 tickets entered a pot to win (2) $100 bills – one for residents and one for staff. The lucky winners took home a crisp $100 bill!
Arcadia Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Top left, then clockwise: Hawaiian trio Puamana; Ann Kobayashi, Brian Taniguchi, Carol Fukunaga, Dawn Ige, Emmet White, Della Au Belatti; Betty White, Dawn Ige, Leslie Wilcox; Fresh seafood spread.
On February 16, 2017, over 200 friends, business partners, and community leaders gathered at Arcadia to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of Operations. Arcadia turned 50 years old on January 16, 2017.
A lovely program featured Leslie Wilcox from PBS Hawaii as the Master of Ceremonies. An opening Oli by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama was a lovely way for all in attendance to reflect fondly on the past 50 years while excitedly looking forward to the next 50 years and beyond. We were also grateful to feature the talent of Sacred Hearts Academy 8th Grade Intermediate Choir led by Mr. Zachary Moore.
Leslie introduced Hawaii First Lady Dawn Ige who, representing Governor Ige, read a congratulatory message from the office of the Governor. Arcadia also received special messages from members of Congress, and a Proclamation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City and County of Honolulu.
Hawaiian trio Puamana entertained party-goers with their festive tunes, and several guests spontaneously danced the hula. Guests were delighted to enjoy delicious pupu prepared by our dining services team which featured a tempura station, fresh seafood, charcuterie and cheese, prime rib sliders, and an array of decadent desserts. Candy Art Hawaii crafted handmade traditional Japanese lollipops, and their on-site photo booth with props was a big hit for all attendees.
From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Arcadia’s 50th Anniversary. We would not be here without your love and support. Cheers to 50 years, and many happy returns!
15 Craigside and Arcadia earn 5-star rating from Medicare.gov!
Many congratulations to 15 Craigside and Arcadia for earning 5/5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. You can see the full report here. Keep up the good work!