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Join us for a fun-filled evening of Salsa Dancing, Samba Dance Performances and featuring the hottest salsa band on the island, Son Caribe!  Many of Honolulu’s Salsa Clubs have been invited and members plan to participate.  This is a first ever Salsa Sizzle for Waikiki Community Center and we think it will be a WINNER! 
The evening will start with a 15 minute Basic Salsa Class, then dancing to the Son Caribe takes place from 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.  During the evening, two performances by Melanie Riviera’s Sininho Samba Dancers will be featured. 
Refreshments and plate dinners will be available for purchase.  There is a suggested donation of $5/per person to help fund WCC’s ongoing programs and services.  Tell your friends and plan to make an evening of it!
What:  Salsa Sizzle!
Who:  Son Caribe (Band), Melanie Riviera (Sininho Samba Dancers), Salsa Dancers from Oahu, and all Salsa Wannabe Dancers!
When:  Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Dancing from 6:30-9:30 P.M.  (Basic class starts at 6:15 P.M.)
Where:  WCC Auditorium – 310 Paoakalani Ave. 
Suggested Donation:  $5 at the Door!   Free Parking, space limited, come early!  Bring your friends!  See you there!
Your donations make a difference...thank you
Thanks to your support and generosity, people like Maryann (not her real name) was helped by WCC’s social worker Malama Senior program.  Maryann, an 83 year old widow, lives alone in a small Waikiki apartment.  Her only son lives on Maui and rarely visits her.  Maryann participated in many WCC’s activities which she credits to her ability to continue to live independently and with the help of her many friends she’s made at the Center.
Living on limited income, Maryann suffers from diabetes and a chronic heart condition, both of which require her to take multiple prescription medications daily.  Mary was receiving partial Medicaid health benefits and had little coverage for her medication.  As a result, she would take only half of her prescribed medications and often relied on her physician to provide her with samples.  Some days, she took no medications until she could afford to purchase more.
After a thorough assessment of Maryann’s situation, WCC’s social worker helped Maryann apply and receive full Medicaid coverage, including coverage for her important medications.  She no longer cuts back on doses.  Last year, Maryann forgot to update her Medicaid application, as required annually by the state.  Consequently, she lost her eligibility benefits.  WCC’s social worker once again helped her through the confusing application process and she was again enrolled.  Without the help of WCC’s social worker, Mary would have had to resort to reducing her medications.
Every day, seniors are falling through the cracks. They skip meals for an entire day, don't renew their prescriptions, or cut lifesaving medicines in half – reducing their effectiveness – to save a few dollars for food or rent. Others, isolated from friends and family, suffer in silence.
Your donation now will help ensure that we have the necessary resources to reach the rapidly rising number of seniors who struggle to afford the basics.  Please return the enclosed donation envelope today.  Thank you for caring!
We invite you to join WCC’s Makana Club, a special group of friends who support WCC each month.  Your gift will help change lives and continue the important work we do for senior adults, young children and members in the community!  Join with $10, $25 or $50 a month and make a difference year round! 
Call Denice at 923-1802 to join and be part of this special group of WCC supporters.  You can be part of this wonderful giving opportunity with a $10 a month contribution and, what’s great is you can change or cancel at any time by calling and letting us know!  Easy to setup too!  Call (808) 923 1802 for more info! (Return to top)
Friday, May 11, 8am-1:30pm, $45/$55, no host lunch @ NCO Club
Few openings for this special tour where’ we’ll visit Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) to visit the forensic laboratory. The laboratory is the largest forensic skeletal laboratory in the world where you’ll have the advantage of viewing the identification process behind a floor to ceiling glass panel.  Did you know that prior to being a military fort, Hickam coastal area was once the site of ancient Hawaiian burials? 
Since this is a military base these are required, please furnish at registration:  Full contact name, gender information, date of birth with valid driver’s license or state ID.  Non citizens must give passport number. 
Hawaiian buffet lunch at NCO Club, cash only.  Please wear comfortable shoes, bring bottled water, sun protection, hat or visor and light sweater.  All participants must be ambulatory.  Each person should register on own.  Please register at WCC office ASAP, space limited.  Sorry, no refunds once booked.
Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., WCC Auditorium
Thank you for your patience!  We are proud to report we have a new Line Dance Volunteer Instructor.  Sam Yong, dances almost every single day and has graciously agreed to share his line dance experience and knowledge with WCC members!  Line Dancing Class starts at 9:00 a.m. so Sam can make his next dance class!  Let’s welcome him! (Return to top)
When:  Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.                     Who:  Sam Yong
Where:  WCC Auditorium                              Fee:  $3 for members, $5 for non members.
Pu`u o Mahuku  Heiau  State  Historic  Site
Tuesday, June 12th, 7:45 a.m. check in
Depart WCC 8:00 a.m.  Return 4:00 p.m.
High on what was then an open ridge at Pupukea we’ll visit the historical landmark Pu` u o Mahuku Heiau (Hill of Escape). Enjoy and explore an all day excursion with Jeff & Palakiko covering the North Shore.  This site known as "hill of escape" was a focus of great religious and cultural importance. However, due to its ancient age it has served many different functions and received numerous additions over its centuries of use may have referred to its early origins as a place of refuge but other uses have included offerings for fertility and abundance, success in war, beginning of peace, appeasement for suffering, and consecration of noble birth.  Palakiko is a care person of Pu`u o Mahuku Heiau so come and explore and listen to stories of interest.  Stops at various farm sites, gardens and Papaya Seed dressing factory.
Cost is $45 for members, $55 for non members. Must be ambulatory. Traveling will be in large vans.  This is considered a walking excursion at various sites. Lunch is (no-host, range $7-$12) at Sharks Cove & Grill. Bring own water, sunscreen, camera & wear rubber soled shoes. Deadline is May 23rd, 2012.
Every Friday, continues till June 15.  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Chapel.  $30/$50 or $7/$10
WCC’s  popular 10-session Hawaiian Language & Culture class taught by Palakiko Yagodich continues every Friday , in the “Chapel” from 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.  Expand your horizons and learn to appreciate all things Hawaiian:  cultural, history, plants, daily living environment, dance, music and language.  You’ll never be the same!
Pay as you go for individual class $7 for WCC member or $10 for non-member.  Call 923-1802.
Saturday, May 19, Ala Moana Beach Park, McCoy Pavilion
It’s that time of year TO PUT YOUR BEST SLIPPAH FORWARD and join the WCC Team at the 34th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Event kicks off with breakfast and morning warm up exercise at 6:30 a.m. at McCoy Pavilion.  This 6.2 mile fun walk begins at 7:00 a.m. and winds through Waikiki stopping at various sponsor booths and tents to sample delicious and healthy treats. 
Proceeds from this event help support many of Hawaii charities and nonprofit agencies such as Waikiki Community Center’s Early Education and Senior Malama Program. 
Pick up a registration packet at WCC office.  The cost is $35 per walker or $25 for those under the age of 18.  Open to all ages!  Free parking at Magic Island or better yet, take Da Bus!  Please return your pledge forms by Monday, May 14.  Let’s continue the tradition of kokua!  Register today!


Olelo No`eau
Oi kau ka lä, e hana i ola hönua...
While the sun yet shines do all you can.
While there is earthly life,
 do all you can.
Mary Kawena Puku’i

We're saddened to share the news that Barbara Cook, our Senior Program Coordinator, will leave her post at the Center, effective May 31.  She and her husband will move back to the mainland.  In her years at the Center Barbara has served as an able coordinator of programs and volunteers and her expertise as a gerontologist has helped the Center serve our elderly population here in Waikiki more fully and deeply.  The Financial Literacy series she taught and orchestrated helped people organize their documents and records, address the use of credit and consider estate administrative services, understand IRA distribution, Social Security benefits and advanced care directives and wills – have proven invaluable to people aging in place.
We are currently reviewing our options to refill and perhaps modify the scope of duties and responsibilities of this varied position at the Center, to facilitate a smooth transition in our programs and services to our members and our community.
We share in Barbara’s excitement about this move and the new chapter of her life.   We are respecting her wishes and are planning a small gathering to celebrate her accomplishments, thank her and to wish her well.   I hope you’ll join me in thanking Barbara over the next month for how she might have made a difference in your life, in your work and in your participation at the Center. (Return to top) 
Aloha Barbara!
Friday, May 25, 2012 9:30-11 a.m.
Join us in sewing flower leis for Memorial Day and our Fallen Heroes.  Donations of fresh picked loose flowers and completed leis (plumeria, ti leaf and tuberose) are also welcome!  Finished leis should be exactly 22” in length .  We’ll be at the Center on Friday, May 25, 9:30-11am preparing the leis.  Please bring your own lei needle.  Free parking.  Call 923.1802 to confirm your participation and type of flowers and/or leis you’ll be bringing.
Take advantage of these special AARP taught Safe Driving Classes for the older driver.  Learn safe driving techniques and ways to improve your driving skills.  Register by calling AARP office at 808 843-1906.  Classes taught by AARP volunteers.  9am-1pm, WCC Chapel.  Fees paid direct to instructor.
October 8-10, 2012
Waikiki Community Center visits the Friendly Island of Moloka`i October 8-10, 2012.  Please contact Jeff at 923.1802 for cost and tour highlights.  A special two night tour with excursions and special site visits planned.  These trips are a popular tour, book early.
Waikiki Community Center’s Writer’s Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in room 203A from 2-3:30 p.m.  This is an active group which engages in writing exercises, discussion, critique and tips for improvement.  The group is facilitated by Lauren Kwock, noted author of twenty novels.  Writing exercises and feedback are a part of the discussion and Laureen offers her expertise and provides information on other writing opportunities available around the Island.  The group is a growing and diverse cross-section of writers, poets, and bloggers, etc. who share the love of writing and words.  Great support system for people who want to get started but don’t know where to go.  YOU are who the WCC Writer’s Group is looking for!
When:  Tuesday, May 8       Time:  2-3:30pm       Where:  203A          Fee:  $3/$5
Upcoming Events – Check it out!                           


1, 8, 15 & 22 (Tues.) Baby Signing w/Heather Mohr, 11am-12:30pm, Chapel
2 (Wed.) AARP Safe Driving*, 9am-1pm, Chapel, call 808 843-1906 to reg. 
4 (Fri.) Monthly Birthday Celebration & New Member Orientation, 10am Aud
4 (Fri.) Monthly Chat with Center’s Director, 10:15-11:15am, Lanai
8 (Tue.) Writer’s Group, 2-3:30pm, 203A $3/$5.  Meets 2nd Tuesday each month
8 (Tue.) Neighborhood Board Meeting, 7-9pm.  WCC Aud. Free.
9 (Wed.) Salsa Sizzle!  6-9pm, WCC Aud., $5 donation.  Refreshments for sale
11 (Fri.) Historical Tour at Hickam 7:45am-1:30pm $45/$55.  Few seats open.
13 (Sun.) Happy Mother’s Day to all the special ladies and Moms!
19 (Sat.) Visitor Industry Charity Walk, Ala Moana 6am-3pm.  Join WCC team
25 (Fri.) Sew a Lei for Memorial Day.  9-11am.  Flowers and leis needed.
28 (Mon.) WCC Closed for Memorial Day
30 (Wed.) Bingo Fun!  1-3pm, WCC Aud., free prizes!
1 (Fri.) Monthly Birthday Celebration & New Member Orientation 10am Aud
1 (Fri.) Monthly Chat with Center’s Director 10:15-11:15 am, Lanai
11 (Mon.) WCC Closed for Kamehameha Holiday
12 (Tue.) Pu`u o Mahuku Heiau State Historic Site, 7:45am-4pm, no host lunch
27 (Wed.) Bingo Fun!  1-3pm, WCC Aud.  Free prizes, fun!
4 (Wed.)  WCC Closed for Independence Day Holiday
11 (Wed.) AARP Safe Driving Class, 9am-1pm, Chapel.  Call 843.1906 to register (Return to top)
For Class Information contact Waikiki Community Center at (808) 923.1802
310 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815



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