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December 15, 2023

Ho'omau (12/15/23)


DECEMBER 15, 2023, ISSUE 133


Renew, Perpetuate, Persevere

Arcadia At Home Christmas Party

Arcadia At Home (AAH) members got into the holiday spirit at their annual Christmas Party in the Chapel at Arcadia!

Chef Ryan Nomura, Arcadia Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services, and his team created a delicious menu of tofu salad, egg rolls, roasted ranch potatoes, fried chicken, grilled steak, and beef Wellington. With such a great spread, some members went through the buffet multiple times to taste it all! They finished up their meal with a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of chantilly cake.

Elyse Espinosa, AAH Member Services Coordinator, kicked off the games with holiday trivia. Each correct answer earned limited edition holiday flavor Hershey’s Kisses and the person with the most correct answers won a prize pack. Attendees also participated in a secret Santa gift exchange where presents were passed left and right during the retelling of “The Nightmare before Christmas.”

The afternoon was filled with laughter, joy, friendship, and holiday cheer!

Honolulu City Lights

Arcadia residents took a trolley ride to see the spectacular Honolulu City Lights. Everyone loved seeing all of the festive decorations, old and new. The Honolulu City Lights started when Mayor Frank F. Fasi created a free event that included a lighted tree, holiday concert, and displays of lights on the trees and buildings. What a great adventure to spread the holiday cheer!

Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Performance

The Pacific Buddhist Academy (PBA) taiko group returned to 15 Craigside for another astounding performance. To start the program, the resident’s taiko drumming group presented a song for the students and residents. Afterwards, the PBA students performed many songs including a few special Japanese songs accompanied by guitar. The energy and drum beats filled the Theater and Lobby!

Gingerbread Farm

Hale Ola Kino by Arcadia residents enjoyed a few sessions of crafting activities to construct and decorate a gingerbread farm! The completed project included a barn, cow, pig, and an old pick-up truck delivering trees. Everyone had so much fun using their creativity and artistic skills to put together this project. The display can be seen at the front entrance alongside a hot cocoa bar for residents, staff, and visitors.

Holiday Tea with First Hawaiian Bank

First Hawaiian Bank returned to Arcadia for a special Holiday Tea. The bank employees served refreshments and a variety of cookies for residents to enjoy while musicians played beautiful Hawaiian music. Lucky residents won raffle prizes including snack gift baskets and Hawaiian quilts. Mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank for celebrating the holiday season with us!

Season of Giving

The Home & Community Based Services team generously donated gifts to kupuna in the community through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The special Christmas wishes from kupuna included a rice cooker, bedding set, coffee maker, blanket, insulated bag, and more! Thank you to our wonderful employees for helping those in need feel the magic of the holidays!

Kawananakoa Orchestra

The Kawananakoa Middle School Orchestra, led by their teacher Danny Mew, played classic Christmas songs for the residents at 15 Craigside. From their chamber section, the students played all string instruments. They played holiday favorites such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Drummer Boy.” The residents enjoyed every minute!

New Schedule in 2024

In 2024, Ho’omau will be published every other Friday starting on January 12th. We will continue to highlight all the happenings across the Arcadia Family of Companies featuring the residents of 15 Craigside, Arcadia and Hale Ola Kino by Arcadia, clients of the Arcadia Adult Day Care and Arcadia Home Health Services, and members of Arcadia At Home.

“Mahalo nui to everyone for making the four in-person Christmas Celebrations this past Friday (15 Craigside, Arcadia, Hale Ola Kino by Arcadia and Home & Community Based Services) a success! It was wonderful to see connection, hear laughter and feel the energy of people being together.” - Suzie Schulberg, President & CEO

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