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:
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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