HONOLULU - A golden anniversary for one of Oahu's largest senior centers. On Friday, more than 400 seniors and community leaders celebrated Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center for serving Liliha-area seniors for 50 years. 

About 1,500 kupuna are members of the non-profit group. KITV4's Diane Ako co-emceed the event.  She will also be volunteering as a yoga teacher at the center next year.

 

 

The Center, which is managed by Catholic Charities Hawaii, provides recreational activities, educational classes, social services, and volunteer opportunities that assist seniors in maintaining their health, wellness and independence.

Built in 1969 by the State to be a model senior center, Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center provides services to Hawai‘i’s elderly community, while also giving them and their families the security of a sustained community hub. Members of the center participate in a large variety of activities such as yoga, tai chi, line dancing, ukulele lessons, shed repair and craft activities, brain exercises, hanafuda, Korean dance, Veteran’s Talk Story, gardening, hula, lei and quilt making, and so much more. Also popular are the center’s many social and cultural clubs, which aim to encourage and perpetuate a healthy and active lifestyle and appreciation of the diverse culture in Hawaii.

“All of our senior programs are aimed at keeping seniors healthy and living independently for as long as safely possible,” says Stella Wong, Catholic Charities Hawaii vice president for programs. “Our initiatives are very important since Hawaii’s population, more than that of any other state, is aging rapidly. It’s important our seniors are taken care of in a way that ensures their dignity and preserves their quality of life.”

Current statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau show Hawaii’s senior populace is growing at more than twice the national average. Older adults make up a larger proportion of Hawaii residents and the number is expected to grow. In 2018, Hawaii’s population included more than 255,000 adults over the age of 65.

Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center’s target population resides in the area from Fort Shafter to Ward Avenue, but is also open to those who live outside the defined population area when there are no comparable services or programs in that community.

For more information, call (808) 847-1322 or visit CatholicCharitiesHawaii.org.