15C Residents Display Artistic Talent at Biennial Visions in Art Show
In September, we had our biennial Visions in Art show at 15C’s Theater. Residents displayed their masterpieces in pencil, watercolor, photography, embroidery, shadowbox art, and more. There were also edible goodies for purchase, silent art auctions, and custom greeting cards for sale.
We’re very proud of our residents for cultivating (and showcasing) their talents, skills, and interests. Every age is the perfect age to be creative!
15C First to Join “Volunteers in Place” Program with Queen’s
Crafters at 15 Craigside were the first to join the new Queen’s program, Volunteers in Place! This program allows volunteers to craft from home and make items that benefit patients at Queen’s Medical Center. Our volunteers are shown with crocheted/knitted baby beanies and support pillows (for patients who have had heart valve surgery). We’re proud that our residents are giving back to the community–all while nurturing their own creative spirits!
We had a blast at 15 Craigside today with ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro. He brought his 4-string game on with musical influences ranging from Spanish flamenco to the Japanese koto and local tunes like “Akaka Falls.” Over a hundred of our residents turned out to see him in a packed Theater and lobby.
Nancy Ayotte, 15 Craigside resident, has been featured as a Kupuna Achiever with Hawaii News Now. “Ms. Nancy,” as she’s known at 15C, volunteers long hours at 808 Horse Rescue in Kunia to take care of the horses there. The horses she works with are rescue animals who need attention and a loving touch from volunteers like Ms. Nancy.
The goal at 808 Horse Rescue is to provide sanctuary for all of its animals. The Rescue shelters not only horses, but other large animals like donkeys, goats, pigs, and smaller ones like cats.
Thank you, Ms. Nancy, for sharing your heart for animals–large and small–with all of us. We’re proud to have you as part of 15C’s ohana!
Sharon Maekawa, 15 Craigside resident, has been featured as a Kupuna Achiever with Hawaii News Now. She volunteers with Kids 4 CPR, a nonprofit that teaches children how to improve cardiac arrest survival by performing CPR on adults, babies, and even pets.
Ms. Maekawa recently brought Kids 4 CPR to 15C to teach CPR to children of our employees. The class participants, ranging in age from 5 to 17, had a blast.
Mahalo to Ms. Maekawa for empowering our keiki to save lives!
15 Craigside Resident Auntie Chic just turned 100!
Ms. Chikako “Auntie Chic” Yamashiro was born on Kauai and is second oldest of 11 siblings. She worked as a nurse in the Plantation Hospital, then moved to Oahu and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for Tripler Hospital. After retirement, she joined the Moilili community center where she learned to play Mahjong and enjoyed the company of her friends.
Auntie Chic led a fabulous single life and has traveled all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Okinawa, Europe, and the U.S.
Auntie Chic now lives at 15 Craigside and spends her days socializing with friends, and was most recently crowned May Day Queen! She enjoys making yarn leis for special occasions and loves BINGO and Pokkeno. Her hobbies include knitting, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and playing solitaire on the iPad she recently learned how to use.
We are BLESSED to have you as a resident, Auntie Chic! Here’s to many happy returns!
Variety Show Showcases Residents’ Diverse Talent
15 Craigside hosted its annual variety show on December 2, and residents delighted the audience with a variety of talents and seasonal acts. From singing and caroling, to skits and magic tricks, 15 Craigside’s residents did not disappoint!
The highlight was a special performance by the 15C Hula Halau O Na Hoaloha. They performed a dance entitled “Wa’a Hokulea,” which tells of the Hokulea’s expeditions. The evening’s guest of honor, a surprise to the halau, was none other than Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
We are proud to showcase the variety of talent and heart in our community this season. Happy holidays to all!
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!
15 Craigside Healthcare Residents Enjoy Lei Day Hula Performance
Happy May Day, or should we say Lei Day, from 15 Craigside!
Healthcare residents were lucky to enjoy a Lei Day Program that commenced with the blowing of pu, or a Hawaiian conch shell, to usher in the celebrated court. Each court member donned lei and the official color from each Hawaiian Island. The King and Queen, along with the rest of the court, were presented ho’okupu, or gifts.
A variety of performers graced the stage, including our very own resident hula group. Enjoy the video above to get a sneak peak into our momentous Lei Day celebration!