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!
Gon’ Fishin’ at Waikiki Aquarium
Last week, Arcadia Healthcare Center residents ventured to the Waikiki Aquarium to get up close and personal with some aquatic life! Seniors enjoyed the chance to explore dozens of coral species, fish, crustaceans, sea horses, pipefish, predators, and more. The aquarium even showcases ocean life from the Northwestern Hawaiian islands people can’t see anywhere else.
Residents enjoyed the vast spread of colorful, living corals. The corals thrive under conditions stimulated to be the ocean in its most pristine, healthy state. Another eye-catching display for the residents was the giant tank featuring Zebra Sharks, Giant groupers, and Bluefin trevally. Not to be outdone, the native-to-Hawaii Monk Seal outside received a fair share of attention from our residents, as well.
Thank you, Waikiki Aquarium, for a fun-filled and informative visit!
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A Very Merry Christmas Program
Arcadia residents and staff alike enjoyed a holiday visit by St. Clement’s preschoolers to kick off the holiday season!
Preschoolers from different classes gathered around Arcadia’s lobby to sing a variety of Christmas songs complete with live action dancing. As a gesture of gratitude, Arcadia Family of Companies President & CEO Emmet White surprised the preschoolers with a reading of the whimsical book “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?” and even introduced the life-sized T-Rex named “Clem” as his sidekick.
Once all was said and done, residents gave gift bags to the preschoolers – but that wasn’t their only parting gift. Clem now has a permanent home: at St. Clement’s School with the preschoolers!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone this season!
Arcadia Veteran Shares His Story
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Staff Sergeant Robert Ham, two-time Emmy Award-winning videographer, put together a video to tell the stories from our nation’s war veterans.
Mr. Yamamoto eagerly told stories about World War II from his perspective as a service member of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. Not camera shy, Mr. Yamamoto recalled about his volunteering to join in the war, his time as a glider and Jeep driver in Europe, and even produced rare, vintage, photographs he took himself while in the war.
Mr. Yamamoto will be featured on a video clip as part of the celebrations surrounding the 75th Pearl Harbor attack in the Army roundup. He was one of two WWII 442nd veterans to be interviewed.
To Mr. Yamamoto and all veterans, thank you for your heart of service.
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!