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a benefit for Waikiki Community Center

presented by Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and

 Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 9am-3pm


Inviting all canoe paddlers  (experienced and beginners) to form a team of twelve and register for the 2012 Annual Duke Kahanamoku Challenge scheduled Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Duke Beach!  Join us for a day of fun -- canoe paddling, Hawaiian Makahiki games, Stand Up Paddling Competition (special invitation only), Craft Fair, entertainment, food booths and more. 


This year's event is in honor of the Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team -- Paul Strauch, Jr., Fred Hemmings, Joey Cabell, Butch Van Artsdalen (posthumous).  These legendary surfers have perpetuated the legacy of native Hawaiian surfing in the community.  Duke's Surf Team can be considered Duke's last real involvement in surfing before his death in 1968.


Event begins at 9 a.m. with the Opening Ceremony with Royal Hawaiian Band, Halau Hula `o Hokulani and double-hulled canoe procession with our honorees across the Rainbow Lagoon.  Canoe races and ancient Hawaiian Makahiki land games begin at 10 a.m. along the Duke Beach.  In the Lagoon, the Invitational Stand Up Paddle Relay (SUP) begins at 10 a.m. -- a special challenge race among Waikiki hotel and management, another exciting race!  Closing ceremony and awards follows the popular Huki Kaula (Tug of War) and the 6 man canoe "Ama Glide" along the beach front.  Bring your sun screen and enjoy the day with your family and friends!


Also enjoy non-stop entertainment on the Great Lawn with hula performances and special artists, and be sure to check out the Hawaiian Craft booths and Hilton BBQ food booth too.  Parking available at hotel -- self park $8 and valet $13 with validation.  Special kama`aina hotel rates available at the hotel by calling 949-4321 -- make it a full weekend!


Call Waikiki Community Center at 808 923 1802 for more information about this fun event, register a team or craft booth or become an event sponsor!


Join us Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Mahalo to our Makana Fund Donors who continue to provide consistent monthly support to sustain Waikiki Community Center's year-round programs! 


Our Makana Fund Honor Roll members

SJ Bunch                                             Norman Hashimoto

Faye Chiogioji                                    Frank Kwan

Denice Keli`ikoa, CFRE                    Lysianne Bussiere-Lancry

Anonymous                                         Yeu-Tsue & Margaret Lee

Joyce Fukata                                        Vivian Tsuji

Tokiko Furui                                       Carolyn Wong, Esq.

Eugene R. Gelfo                                  Gregory Wong

Anonymous                                          Mary Wood


Mahalo to these special donors!

You can help WCC make a difference in 2012 by becoming a donor to our Makana Fund by making a minimum $10 contribution each month.  This enables WCC to better plan and funds go directly to programs.  Join today by completing the enclosed form or by calling Denice Keli`ikoa, CFRE at (808) 923 1802 x108. 



Free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes!



Waikiki Community Center (WCC) is partnering with AARP Foundation to provide a FREE Tax-Aide Program which helps seniors and those with low-to-moderate income prepare tax returns beginning on Thursday, February 2nd and every Thursday through April 12.  This is a WALK IN service, no apointment required.    Volunteer tax preparers will be available to assist from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the WCC Auditorium.


Last year the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, program helped an estimated 2.5 million taxpayers navigate complicated tax codes, ensured proper credits and deductions were taken and filed returns to the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies.


Established in 1968 with four volunteers, the AARP Foundation program has blossomed into a national program with about 35,000 volunteers, each one trained by AARP and certified by the IRS. Last year, the volunteers helped users get refunds totaling $1.2 billion and earned income tax credits totaling $233 million.


The program is one of AARP's largest service activities, with people signing up as future volunteers year-round.  Information line 1-888-227-7669 or go to to top)



Organizing Your Important Documents and Records

Wednesday, March 4, 2011 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Are you able to find what you are looking for when you need it?  Organizing your important documents and updating  your records is one of the best ways to get a true picture of your finances. 


Using a special organizer tool created for this purpose, participants will follow specific steps to gather, organize and update their many personal documents.  The tips you learn here will help you for the rest of your life! 



In this presentation you will:

         Learn a simple step-by-step method for organizing and finding your important records

         Find out which documents to keep and for how long.

         Understand why certain documents must be updated and when

         Learn how to start the "family conversation" about the things that are important to you

         Receive a free copy of "Getting It Together Before You Go -- How to organize your life, estate and personal wishes", retail value $11.95.


What:       Workshop - Organizing Your Important Documents & Records

Who:        Barbara Z. Cook, M.A. Gerontologist, Senior Program Coordinator, WCC

When:       Wed., Mar 14, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  

Where:      Waikiki Community Center in the "Chapel"

Deadline   Tuesday, March 1

Cost:         $3 for WCC members/$5 for non members and/or guests  (Return to top)       





  • AARP Safe Driving -- January 4, 9am-1pm, #206E.  1st Wednesday, every other month. 
  • Hawaiian Language and Culture w/Palakiko, Fridays 11:30-12:30pm.  Continues until 1/20.
  • Hula w/Nalani -- Mondays 9am and Wednesdays 9:30 and 11:30 am
  • Hula w/Ali`i Manu -- Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15 am, Fridays @ 7pm
  • Art Mondays at 10am, Painting every Wednesday @ 10am
  •  ‘Ukulele Fridays, 9-11 a.m.; Salsa Wednesday at 6:30 pm; Line Dancing Tuesday @ 9:30 am
  • Enjoy free cake and coffee to celebrate Birthdays each month!  First Friday, 9:30 a.m., Aud.



See page 3 in the newsletter or go to click here for full schedule & additional information




Waikiki Community Center member Laureen Kwock, author of over 20 novels offers a new workshop consisting of a series of three classes to share her strategies and tips for beginning and completing long fiction. Classes will deal with developing characters, plotting chapters and scenes and creating dialogue.  For beginners looking to get started and experienced writers trying to finish a writing project, THIS IS THE PERFECT WORKSHOP FOR YOU!  BRING PAPER AND PEN AND COME PREPARED TO WRITE!



Who:                LAUREEN KWOCK

When:            Tuesdays, January 31, February 7 & 14

Time:             2:00 -- 3:30 p.m.

Where:           Room 206E

Deadline:      January 30, 2012 (call the office at 923 1802 to register)                   

Cost:             Members $15/$20

Bring:             Bring paper and pen   (Return to top)


Looking for a few good Instructors!

Waikiki Community Center is looking for a volunteer ukulele instructor to teach Beginning ‘Ukulele.  We'd like the classes to include basic chord instruction, how to tune a ukulele and some easy songs that beginners can play. 

Also seeking volunteer Japanese speakers to teach Beginning Japanese and a Zumba Fitness instructor to teach Zumba Gold!

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact Barbara Cook at 808 923-1802.     (Return to top)





Tuesday evenings in the Auditorium, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday mornings in Room #205E, 9-10 a.m.



Wednesday mornings -- February and March, 9-10 a.m. in room #202E



Mondays and Wednesday mornings 10:30 a.m. to noon in room #202E



Tuesday and Friday mornings, 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.


Check other classes available at WCC on page 3 or go to   (Return to the top)


Celebrate Birthdays!  Cake & Coffee! 

1st Fridays of each month, 9:30 a.m., WCC Auditorium, free


Beginning on Friday, January 6th and every first Friday of a new month, you are invited to enjoy a free piece of birthday cake and a cup of coffee in celebration of all of WCC's volunteers, members, donors and staff who have a birthday during that current month.   Thank you to the Member Advisory Council (MAC) for suggesting this!  Join us on Friday, January 6th!  MAHALO!  (Return to top)


Free assistance for adults 60 and older living in Waikiki

and surrounding neighborhoods!


Every Tuesday Waikiki Community Center provides the services of a licensed Social Worker to assist those needing help with money management, transportation, personal care, housing assistance, caregiver assistance, counseling and MORE!  Malama Seniors in Waikiki Program is a free program offered by WCC to those 60 and older living in Waikiki and surrounding areas.  In-home assessments available.  Call the Waikiki Community Center for information and appointments during office hours at 923-1802.  Japanese spoken. 



Lei Hulu (Feather Lei) Classes (new!)

Session I - Tuesdays, Jan. 17, 24, 31 1:45 -- 4:15 PM.    203A

Session II -- Tuesdays, Feb 7, 21, 28  1:45 -- 4:15 PM.   203A

Session III-- Tuesdays, Mar 6, 20, 27 1:45 -- 4:15 PM.   203A


"Lei Hulu" or Feather Lei making is an art!  Back by

 popular demand, we are fortunate to have Herman Tachera, a premier feather lei maker of Hawaii, teach a Beginning Class!  Herman has over fourteen years experience in the art of Hawaiian Feather work and has created numerous traditional and contemporary lei hulu, uli uli and kahili.  In this series of three (2.5-hour) workshops, students will learn the history and cultural aspects of the art, how to prepare the feathers and receive hands-on instruction and guidance in the creation of their very own "lei hulu".  Deadline to register Friday, January 13 for Session I, Feb. 6 for Session II and March 5 for Session III.  Call 923-1802 today!


Class Fees:  Members $15/Non-Members $20 for a 3 class session.  Supply fees of $45.00 are separate from class fees and paid directly to the instructor on the first class meeting.  Classes held in room 203A  REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED!  Call 923-1802 to register w/your credit card. (Return to top)



 Christmas Cookies, Cheer and Fun!

Wishing everyone a special holiday season!  Thank you for joining us for Cookies and Carols event in December!  Everyone enjoyed the company, wonderful entertainment, beautiful decorated tree and yummy cookies prepared by WCC staff.  Happy New Year!


Upcoming Events -- Check it out!    Weekly Class Schedule available here                       

January 2012

Jan. 2 (Mon.) WCC Closed -- Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

Jan. 4 (Wed.)  AARP Safe Driving*, 9 am-1pm #206E, call 843-1906 to register.

Jan. 6 (Fri.)  Monthly Birthday Celebration, 9:30 a.m. Aud., free! 

Jan. 10 (Tues.) Neighborhood Board Meeting, 6-9pm, WCC Aud.

Jan. 16 (Mon.) WCC Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 17, 24 & 31 (Tues.) Lei Hulu Session I (Feather Lei Making) 1:45-4:15 p.m. $15/$20 + $45 supply fee (paid direct to instructor) #203A (Session II & III continue in February and March)

Jan. 25 (Wed.) McBingo Fun!  1-3pm, Aud., free prizes & fun!

Jan. 31 (Tues.) Fiction Writing Strategies 2-3:30 p.m. #206E $15/$20 (2/7 & 2/14)



Feb. 1 (Wed.) Pilates, 9-10 a.m. Room #202E

Feb. 2 -- April 12 (Thursdays) Free Tax-Aide with AARP, 8:30 a.m.-1p.m.  Walk in

Feb. 3 (Fri.) Monthly Birthday Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Aud. Free!

Feb. 7, 21 & 28 (Tues.) Lei Hulu Session II (Feather Lei Making) 1:45-4:15 p.m. $15/$20 + $45 supply fee (paid direct to instructor) #203A (III continues in March)

Feb. 12 (Sun.) Duke Kahanamoku Challenge at Hilton Hawaiian Village, 8am-2 p.m.  Admission free!  Form a team of 12 and join the fun!  $600 per team

Feb. 7 & 14 (Tues.) Fiction Writing Strategies 2-3:30 p.m., #206E  $15/$20



Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Thur.) Free Tax-Aide with AARP, 8:30 am-1 pm, walk in.

Mar. 2 (Fri.) Monthly Birthday Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Aud., free

Mar. 7 (Wed.) Pilates, 9-10 a.m. 202E

Mar. 7 (Wed.) AARP Safe Driving*, 9am-1pm, #206E, call 808 843-1906 to reg. 

Mar. 14 (Wed.) Organizing Important Documents & Records; 10-11:30 a.m.   (Return to top)


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