Topic- Old Time Mānoa
2010 Kupuna Luncheon, St. Pius X Church
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2010 Kupuna Luncheon photos
Mālama Mānoa was again privileged to treat our Kupuna of Mānoa Valley to a Hawaiian lunch and a program in October 2012. The luncheon, held biennially, started in 1993 to honor residents of our valley who are at least 65 years of age, and have lived in Mānoa for 50 years or longer.
The 2012 Kupuna Luncheon’s program theme was a sharing of memories of “Old Town Manoa” businesses along East Mānoa Road during the 1950’s to 1970. Some Kupuna were interviewed and shared their memories of the town along with presenters, Robin Otagaki, Jerald Nakasone and George Arizumi, who all grew up in Manoa during that period. On a large map projected on the wall, everyone was able to follow along with the narrative of the program as the presenters pointed out the old and present businesses. The detailed map, created by Mayumi Hara, was included in the lovely program which was presented to all guests.
Aside from the Kupuna reminicsing about the olden days, newcomers to the valley got to learn about what existed before the Mānoa Shopping Center was built, when the old mom and pop businesses were frequented by young and old alike.
The event was attended by 130 people, which included 53 Kupuna. A Hawaiian lunch was served along with Hawaiian musical entertainment. Photographs were taken of each Kupuna and then sent to them in a frame. Goodie bags filled with donations from various businesses and individuals were given to each of the Kupuna. A fun-filled day of cherished memories was had by all.