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Wednesday, November 15, 2000

From left to right are "Ageless Heroes" Pat Brown, Violet
Chang, Kawika Kapahulehua (seated), Helen Chock,
James Yoshida and Norma Carr.

‘Ageless’ seniors
win honors


Six Hawaii seniors were honored as Ageless Heroes by HMSA for their achievements, contributions to the community, and for demonstrating vigor and vitality go hand in hand with maturity.

Award winners honored Monday are:

Bullet Pat Brown, 70, for showing "Vigor and Vitality" in winning five gold medals at the 2000 Aloha State Games. He is also an avid softball player and is employed by Wackenhut.

Bullet Norma G. Carr, 70, for "Community Involvement," in recording the 100-year history of Hawaii's Puerto Rican community and creating scholarships for young Puerto Ricans in Hawaii.

Bullet James K. Yoshida, 80, for "Love of Learning." He is active in several magicians' societies and is known as Hawaii's ambassador of the conjuring arts.

Bullet Helen K. Chock, 83, for "Business Champions." The owner of Helena's Hawaiian Food continues to keep customers well fed after 55 years. Earlier this year, Helena's earned a James Beard Foundation award as a Regional Classic.

Bullet Kawika Kapahulehua, 70, for "Against the Odds" in battling arthritis and reconstructive knee surgery to become a speaker for those in the community wishing to learn about Hawaiian culture, language, values and ocean navigation techniques.

Bullet Violet N.K. Chang, 76, for "Bridging the Generations" in inspiring her five children and nine grandchildren by volunteering at a care home and donating her artistic creations to the home.

The Hawaii honorees will be entered in the national competition. Six national winners will be honored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in a December ceremony in Chicago.

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