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Patsy Afuso, 94, is in step with the beat of life

At 94, Patsy Afuso moves with the ease and confidence of someone decades younger. She is the oldest performing member of the Paranku Club of Hawaii, which performs at senior centers, nursing homes and cultural festivals on Oahu. Read More

The secrets to long life: Yoga, yogurt and bare feet

Esther Nowell says three things keep her young at heart: yoga, yogurt and no shoes. At 98, she still travels, teaches art and creates in her home art studio in the same neighborhood she grew up in as a child in Kaimuki. Read More

Wallet Wisdom: Preparing for the Great Wealth Transfer

Seniors have much to think about when it comes to transferring wealth to their children and grandchildren. Consider the following if you want to leave something behind for the next generation. Read More

Disrupt Aging: Tai chi helps kupuna keep their footing

Longtime volunteer Linnelle Takeuchi has a soft spot for furry friends

Linnelle Takeuchi is a 13-year animal shelter volunteer and spends at least four days a week at the Hawaiian Humane Society. She’s done just about every volunteer job. “I love it. I feel useful. I’m helping the people and I’m helping the animals,” she said. Read More

Ultraracing is euphoric for Jackie Doppelmayer

Jackie Doppelmayer has been running since childhood, but even though she’s logged thousands of miles and emanates mental toughness, the 53-year-old ultrarunner approaches each 50- or 100-mile run as if it’s her first, meticulously preparing for any hazard she may encounter. Read More

Hawaii seniors get a kick out of playing pickleball

For about three hours two mornings each week, the thwack of wood paddle meeting plastic ball echoes throughout Koko Head District Park’s gym, accompanied by the nearly constant sound of laughter. Read More

Senior Day Care volunteers cultivate land in Waianae

Every week, 66-year-old Perry Barker leads a group of seniors on a strenuous trail to replace invasive species with native plants as part of the state’s forest restoration project. The group, ranging in age from 49 to mid-70s, work in the nearly 3,600-acre lowland Honouliuli Forest Reserve that is home to dozens of endangered species — more than half of which are only found in Hawaii. Read More

Avoid the flu, not social activity

No one expects to get a cold or the flu. However, unless you live like a hermit, getting the flu may be inevitable. Read More

Positive attitude makes Helen Yano pride of senior community

If the sun is shining outside Helen Yano’s apartment in Kapolei, it’s a good bet you won’t find the retired teacher sitting around indoors. Read More

Grandparents helped raise multiple generations in Kaimuki home

In the blink of an eye, the generations have flown by since Audrey and Solomon Niau met as teenagers 70 years ago in the same quaint Kaimuki neighborhood they live in today. Read More

After conquering banking world, Lily Yao turned to golf

Hard to say if Lily Yao found golf or it found her. At 74, it doesn’t matter. What she knows is she started golfing when she was 50 and it has changed her life. Read More

Lucille Lo Chun strives to make tai chi accessible to all

Cloud Hands, Grasp Bird’s Tail, Serpent in the Grass, Embracing the Tiger, Part Wild Horse’s Mane — those are the lyrical names of tai chi movements that Lucille Lo Chun performs with fluid, deliberate grace. Read More

Baby boomers love to travel in later years

If you’re over 50, chances are good that you’ve already enjoyed a vacation trip or are in the process of planning one. It’s not a secret. Your travel agent and tourism marketing folks know this. Baby boomers love to travel. Read More

Working longer, staying stronger

Seniors comprise 35 percent of the population but pay 50 percent of state and local taxes Read More

‘Windward Widow’ relives youth on wheels

Teri Shimizu tangles with the ‘fresh meat’ as a roller derby referee Read More


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