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* Na Mea Makamae o Waikiki
* Welcome Michael Lee
* Early Education Center accepting new students, registration open - Click here to learn more about WCC's EEC
* Mahalo to our volunteers
* Halloween Hoot Fashion Show Returns
* Keiki Halloween Parade 10/28
* Beginning Japanese
* Art of Self Healing - Chlel Qigong w/Ginny Walden 10/08
* Hawaiian Chinese Multicural Museum and Archives 10/8
* Housing Options for Seniors 10/13
* Photography 101 w/David Livingston every Wednesday
* Dash of A.L.O.H.A. Cooking Clases every Tuesday
* Plan now to join us for Christmas Luncheon, mark the day 12/15
* Beginning 'Ukulele Class w/Stan Jackson, Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.
* Jiro will be in on Monday, October 25 instead of Tuesday
* Lunch Bunch Tuesday, 10/19 Old Spaghetti Factory, 11:30 a.m.
* Advisory Council Changes Name
* AARP Safe Driving Class Wednesday 10/6
* Specialty Card Making w/Gerri Migita 10/22 & 10/29
* Kalaupapa, Molokai 10/11.
* Self Portrait Classes w/Ginny 10/15
* Ping Pong Coaching & Exhibition Game 10/5
* Hawaiian Olelo Noe'au
* Calendar of Events and Future Activities
Na Mea Makamae o Waikiki honors Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Waikiki Improvement Association and William K.H. Mau & Jean and William K.H. Mau Foundation
Over 750 people participated in WCC’s 8th Annual Na Mea Makamae o Waikiki fundraising dinner held Friday, August 27, 2010 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and helped raise $144,000 for programs and needed services for Waikiki Community Center!  This is an increase of 36% from last year.  WCC was honored to present our 2010 Kahiau Awards to:  Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Waikiki Improvement Association and William K.H. Mau & Jean and William K.H. Mau Foundation for their invaluable contributions to the visitor industry, WCC and the Waikiki community.
Special mahalo to our Event Chair, Salah Ihsan, Director of Finance at Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa and our stellar Leadership Committee members for sharing their resources, wisdom and generosity:  Barbara Campbell, Vicky Cayetano, Eric Hamaguchi, Jason Ito, Paul Kosasa, Ann Kutaka, David Lewin, Gary Manago, Laura Masui, Teri Matsukawa, Aaron Medina, Leona Naka’ahiki, Dale Ruff, Helene “Sam” Shenkus, Bob Taylor, Susan Todani, Noel Trainor, Monet Trespeses, Gregory Valen, Roger Wall, Sharon Weiner, Steve Willlams, Vivian Tsuji and Carolyn Wong.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors, businesses, silent and live auction donors, friends and staff who purchased a table, donated fabulous silent auction items or volunteered.  A warm mahalo to our board of directors, WCC members, Bank of Hawaii employees, Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce members and Soroptimist Waikiki who also donated special gifts and provided volunteer support, we couldn’t have done it without these special people.
Guests were treated to special performances of “HA, Breath of Life” entertainers from Polynesian Culture Center, guitarist George Kuo, and piano dueling with Ginny Tiu and Noly Paa.  A special evening capped off by a scrumptious dinner prepared by Sheraton Waikiki staff with great bids on silent and auction items!
We thank everyone who helped make this a very special evening and raising needed funds for our families, senior adults and young children at Waikiki Community Center and sharing our mission for the work we do for our community.  Thank you!  (Return to top)
Welcome and Aloha from Michael Lee, Interim Executive Director  

It gives me pleasure as the interim executive director for the Waikiki Community Center to enclose this edition of our newsletter. It includes news about the Center's many activities, and invitations to events that bring people in our community together for the purpose of learning, fellowship and service.
I am here at the invitation of the board of the directors to lead the organization through this transitional period and offer support of its staff and volunteers, to position the organization for success and the arrival of the next chief executive and to offer the organization the benefit of a "fresh pair of eyes"
Please join us and do introduce yourself to me - I look forward to meeting you!
W. Michael Lee
Interim Executive Director
WCC Early Education Center Registering New Students
Looking for quality childcare and education for your keiki?  Waikiki Community Center is accepting new students, ages infant 6-week to 5 years old.  Our Early Education Center provides families with quality education and care in a safe and nurturing environment by promoting individual growth and development, meeting the needs of today’s working parents, especially those who live or work in Waikiki’s 24/7 travel industry.  We promote individual growth and development and provide a variety of developmentally appropriate skills that nurture social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.   Call Pamela Seelig at (808) 922-2098 for more info. (Return to top)
Mahalo to our volunteers who continue to assist with special projects at WCC, we appreciate what you do.  Our newsletter mailings, Na Mea invitations and event set up, instructing classes and teaching, reading to our keiki, supporting EEC and helping to spruce our building and office(s).  We are blessed with your support and assistance.
Reminder - Be sure to sign in – in our VIP Volunteer binder located by the back office door.  We use this information when planning our annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon tentatively planned March 2011.
Monday, October 25, 11:30am-1pm, WCC Aud.  $5/$7 includes lunch.
You don’t want to miss this!  The bi-annual Halloween Hoot is happening this month!  This is a fall fundraiser for WCC and all of our wonderful programs.  Your ticket includes a lunch and fashion show PLUS the proceeds to help us continue to bring you our great programs and classes.  Join us in the Auditorium for a fun-filled event where our models will be donning fashions from THRIFTY TREASURERS.  Don’t delay, deadline to purchase tickets for this special member event by noon on Thursday, October 21. Return to top
BEGINNING JAPANESE!  Starts October 14
Every Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 203A, $2/$4
Beginning Japanese w/Emily Nitta will be held every Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in room 203A starting October 14 for 8 weeks.  (October 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 2010).  Current class continues until 9/16/2010.
Emily taught for ten years at Kapi’olani & Leeward Community Colleges but says the classes at WCC will be held in a casual atmosphere for a fun learning experience.  Students will learn simple introductions, casual conversation, go on field trips and have the opportunity to practice with native speakers.  “We’ll focus on what the participants want to learn” says Emily.  There will be no tests!  Emily feels WCC is an undiscovered gem and is eager to share her time and talents.  Join us!  (Return to top)

Every Monday, 11am-noon, WCC Aud. $3/$5 
Island famous magician Greg Gabaylo teaches “Juggling Exercise” every Monday, 11am to noon in the WCC Auditorium.  Greg plays his favorite tunes and teach you the simple basics in juggling!  It’s a lot of fun – exercise, mobility and coordination.  $3 per class for members or $5 for non members.
Born and raised in Pearl City and Waipahu, Hawaii Greg is an accomplished professional entertainer.  He’s performed his hypnotist and juggling acts in Las Vegas, Florida, Chicago, San Francisco, Japan, Guam and the Philippines.  He’s also a local and national motivational speaker for students.  Join the fun! Call (808) 923 1802 to register now. (Return to top)
Friday, October 8, 8:00 a.m. $7/$12 w/no host lunch
Catch the City bus with Jeff to Maunakea Marketplace where you’ll enjoy a visit and tour of the Hawaiian Chinese Multicultural Museum & Archives with Mr. James Ho, Executive Director.  Lunch to follow at Golden Palace (no host) at 11 am.  Register at WCC office.
Those on tour must be able to catch bus and walk up and down stairs.  Once paid, sorry no refunds.  Please sign waiver when making payment.  Fee includes museum admission, lunch on own. (Return to top)
Wednesday, Oct. 13, free
10-11:30 a.m. Chapel
Nettie Vierra has worked with older adults and families in providing housing options.  She has helped them consider what type of care is needed, where the best living accommodations are and the roles family, friends and finances play in this multifaceted decision.  Join us for an informal discussion.  Limited to 20 people, please register at WCC office or call (808) 923 1802 during business hours.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
2:00 pm-4:00 pm, $26/$30
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, Makai Ballroom, 2424 Kalakaua
Guest appearance of Kai Kalama 2009 American Idol contender, the Piano Styling’s with Hawaii’s own Ernie Shea, games, door prizes and spending the afternoon with Friends, Food and Fun!  Purchase your tickets before the 11/8 deadline.  Self parking w/validation $10, valet $13 plus tip (not incl.)
Menu Choice:  A scrumptious Roast Turkey and trimmings
or Vegetarian lunch.  (Return to top)
THANKS to everyone who supported the 1st Annual WCC Bake & Buy Sale held September 17!
Rave reviews for the scrumptious homemade goodies were heard around WCC!  Whether you baked an item, helped with wrapping and pricing, or purchased the goods, THANKS FOR Y OUR SUPPORT!  Big Mahalo!  (Return to top)
Tuesday, November 16, 10:30 am – noon #203A $10/$12
Join us on November 16 for D.A.S.H. of Aloha cooking classes at WCC.  Limited to 20 people, register early to avoid disappointment.  Cooking, samplings and recipes.  First come/first served.  Call 923 1802 today.
We are currently finalizing plans for our annual Christmas Party Luncheon tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, December 15.  Stay tuned.


Jiro Arase, WCC Social Worker, will be at Waikiki Community Center on Monday, October 25, 2010 instead of Tuesday, October 26, 2010.  Appointments can be made by calling (808) 923 1802.  All other Tuesday dates remain the same.  Mahalo!  (Return to top)

NEW! Beginning ‘Ukulele w/Stanley Jackson

Every Monday, 10-11:30 am, #203A
$2/$5.  Bring music stand, 3-ring binder, and pen.
'Ukuleles can be borrowed from WCC office to use during class.
  • • Tuesday, Oct. 19 - The Old Spaghetti Factory, Ward Warehouse, 2nd floor, Ewa end.  Craving some good Italian food?  Join us at The Old Spaghetti Factory and satisfy your taste buds with mouthwatering spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, salads and top your meal with tasty spumoni.  Good food, conversation and good fun!  Buon appetito!
Reminder:  A $3 registration deposit is required which is refunded to you at the lunch.  Due to the popularity of these events, there are no refunds for cancellations after booking.  Pre-register at WCC office so we can make proper reservations.  Meet at 11:30 a.m. at the front of restaurant unless otherwise stated.  Please DO NOT call the restaurant or contact on your own.  Bring your friends, lots of fun and opportunity to meet new friends.  Space limited, please book early.  Menus posted at WCC office. (Return to top)
The former Senior Advisory Council (SAC) is in the process of changing its name to “Member Advisory Council” (MAC) opening the door to any WCC adult member to apply to become a participating member of the Council.  There are currently five (5) positions on the Council with one available to be filled.  Members role:
  • • Provide input, advise and assist with developing and implementing new programs and activities.
  • • Serve as a liaison between WCC members and staff.
  • • Serve as a volunteer ambassador at WCC community functions.
  • • Identify unmet needs among the populations of Waikiki and determine ways in which WCC can meet these needs.
If you are interested in participating, please call Barbara at (808) 923 1802. (Return to top)
Thursday, October 28, 9:30 a.m., lawn
Come and enjoy our Early Education Center Keiki Halloween Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn.  Our neighboring hotels will be providing treats and fun spooks!  If  you plan to participate, sorry no candy, nuts or sweets allowed.  Stickers, pencils, crayons, pretzels, school supplies, or dental products, etc.  Wear a costume and have fun!     (Return to top)
Wednesday, October 6, 9am-1pm
Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads we drive on every day. Brush up on your driving skills to stay safe!  $14 pay instructor direct.  Join us on Wednesday, October 6, 2011 for this informative class.  Pay instructor direct, $14.  (Return to top)
CHI-LEL –The Art of Self Healing w/Ginny Walden
Free workshop Friday, October 8, 9-10am, Chapel.  Ongoing classes every Tuesday, 9-10am Chapel, $10/$12
In Chinese the word “Qigong” has two characters, Qi (Chi) and Gong.  “Qi or chi” means life energy and “Gong” means daily effort.  In short, Qigong is a practice to use Qi for different purposes including self-healing.
Ginny Walden, one of five certified Chi-Lel Masters in the US and only one in Hawaii will share her inspirational story; a journey which included terminal diagnosis from cancer to extraordinary health through the application of Chi-Lel principles into her life.  See what this is all about and ask questions.  FREE workshop on Friday, October 8, 9-10am, Chapel. 
Ongoing classes will meet every Tuesday, beginning October 12 – November 23, 9-10am, WCC Chapel.  $10 for members and $12 for non members, per class.  Additional materials may be purchased direct from instructor.  (Return to top)
October 22 & 29, 12:30-1:30pm, 203A  $5/$7 plus $4 kit to instructor
(No fees collected in class, please pre-register & prepay)
Those interested in paper crafts and learning how to design and make your own custom specialty cards, party favors, gifts and more should join this fun class at WCC!  Come to explore and express your creativity with projects designed especially for you.  Gerri Migita, our instructor, has many years of experience in this craft.  Imagine the “Ohhhhhs, Ahhhhs and WOW!”   People will love your cards and handmade gifts.
Cost is $5 for WCC members and $7 for guests/non members and limited to 12 per class.  Supply kits are $4 and purchased directly from the instructor during class.  Kit includes:  3 card stock, 3 envelopes and embellishments.  The instructor will provide:  glue, stamps, inks, cleaners and tools to use during class.  Kits are different for each class.  Mrs. Migita will divide class into groups so they can rotate.  Each card takes about 30 minutes to create.  Have fun, learn a new hobby and meet new friends!  Register today by calling (808) 923 1802.  (Return to top)
Saturday, October 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Aud.
Instructor – Resa Belsom
Hip Hop is the culture of today’s youth.  CAMP HIP HOP is a recreational enrichment program for children ages 4-12 which explores the four main cultural elements of hip-hop:  dance, music, art and poetry.  This free event will provide an opportunity for children to experience and learn about the hip-hop culture through a series of Saturday classes that will follow the introductory workshop. (Dates to be finalized)  Each class will include hands-on activities that are interactive and fun.  Target audiences is pre-school children and elementary school children.  The benefits include:
·         Promotes sense of individuality and community
·         Builds teamwork, self-discipline and confidence
·         Nurtures creativity and self expression
·         Supports physical, social and cognitive development
If you’re interested in learning to draw portraits, this is the class for you.  What better subject than yourself to start?  Ginny Walden, noted portrait and contemporary artist and sculptress, will teach a 6-week series to help you draw self portraits!  You don’t have to have any background as she will walk you through the process to discover your own abilities.  She is the owner of Ginny Walden Fine Art Gallery and Gardens.  Classes are 10am-noon, #201E, October 15 – November 19.  Register by calling (808) 923 1802.  $15 members/$20 for non members or guests.  (Return to top)
October 5 (Tuesday), 3-5pm, free with Alan Kaichi
Join us on Tuesday, October 5 Alan Kaichi will give a free “table tennis” coaching and exhibition Ping Pong Session.  This special coaching and exhibition game is brought to WCC by Alan Kaichi, Aloha Games 2010 Triple gold Champion in table tennis.  Alan gold medaled in Men’s Singles 40+, Men’s Double 40+ and open elite singles.  There will be a second coaching session in January also in preparation for the second annual WCC Jr. Ping Pong Tournament 2011 scheduled February 11, 2011.
Ping Pong has been rated as the “World’s Best Brain Sport” by Dr. Daniel Amen in his book Making A Good Brain Great.  Ping pong is highly aerobic, uses upper and lower body muscles, is great for eye-hand coordination and reflexes, and causes you to use many different areas of the brain at once.  It’s a little like aerobic chess.  Join us for this special session.  Table tennis is also offered at WCC Tuesdays, 3-5pm. (Return to top)
“Ua ola loko I ke aloha.”
 Love is necessary for life.
 Love is imperative to one’s mental and physical welfare.
Upcoming Events – Check it out!                           
OCTOBER 2010 Happy Halloween!
Oct. 4 (Mon.) Beginning Korean starts, 2-3pm 206E (10/4-11/22) $2/$4 or $14/$30 New!
Oct. 5 (Tues.) Ping Pong Coaching & Exhibition w/Alan, 3-5pm, Aud., free
Oct. 6 (Wed.) AARP Safe Driving, 9am-1pm, Chapel.  Pay instructor direct.
Oct. 8 (Fri.) Haw’n Chinese Multicultural Museum, 8am-2pm, $7/$12, no host lunch
Oct. 8 (Fri.) CHI-LEL – Medical Qigong, 9-10am, chapel.  Free workshop, future classes
Oct. 9 (Sat.) Camp Hip Hop!  9:30-10:30 a.m., WCC Aud., free workshop.
Oct. 11 (Mon.) Kalaupapa Molokai Air/Land Tour $290/$315, bring own lunch. 8am-4pm
Oct. 12 (Tues.) New Member Coffee Hour, 10am, lanai.  Register at office, free.
Oct. 12 (Tues.) Neighborhood Board meeting at WCC Aud. 6-10pm
Oct. 13 (Wed.) Housing Options for Seniors w/Nettie Vierra, 10-11:30 a.m., Chapel, free
Oct. 14 (Thur.) Beginning Japanese Session II, 1:30-2:30pm #206E (10/14-12/16 except 11/11 and 11/25).
Oct. 15 (Fri.) Self Portrait w/Ginny begins till 11/19.  10am-noon #201E, $15/$20
Oct. 16 (Sat.) Camp Hip Hop w/Resa, 9:30-10:30am, WCC Aud., free. Register at office.
Oct. 19 (Tue.) Lunch Bunch to The Old Spaghetti Factory, 11:30am, Ward Warehouse
Oct. 21 (Thu.) Lauhala Weaving w/Aunty Beautiful, 10am-noon, Lanai $5/$8 or $50/$85 for 9 weeks (10/21 to 12/30, no class 11/11 and 11/25).  New Class!
Oct. 25 (Mon.) Halloween Hoot Fundraiser – Lunch and Fashion Show $5, 11:30am-1pm
Oct. 27 (Wed.) McBingo Fun!  1pm, WCC Aud., free prizes and fun!
Oct. 28 (Thur.) EEC Halloween Costume Parade!  Keiki Parade on the lawn, 9:30 a.m.
NOV. (WCC closed 11/11 and 11/25)  Happy Veterans Day & Thanksgiving!
Nov. 2 (Tues.) WCC Closed for General Election
Nov. 5 (Fri.) Glass Bottom Boat Cruise Kaneohe Bay & He’eia Park, 8am-1:15pm $24/$30
Nov. 11 (Thur.) – WCC Closed for Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15 – (Mon.) – NOHO Hula (Sit Down Hula) by Leimomi Ho, 12:30-1:30pm, Aud. Free demo
Nov. 25 (Thur.) – WCC Thanksgiving Supper, 2-4pm Hyatt Regency Waikiki.  $26/$30
              WCC Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
DECEMBER (WCC closed 12/24 & 12/31 @ noon and 12/25 for Christmas)



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