Joy of music brings smiles, laughs to seniors

Kupuna Life

In this week of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for music and those who spread it around. 

That includes the “Happy Senior Serenaders” who delight the Thanksgiving gathering at Lanakila Senior Center.

“Oh they’re good they’re good,” said Hermina Imamura. “Very good, very lively senior serenaders.”

“It enlightens their life and to see them smiling and see them clapping it’s the most wonderful thing,” explained one of the singers. “We meet weekly and every so often we go to care homes so that’s our enjoyment.”

“I think it helps everybody, just being with music, it helps,” said teacher Moana Gray. 

She’s been playing ukulele since 4 years old, 14 years teaching the serenaders at Lanakila…but no worries, no experience required.

“I’m just learning my ukulele,” said new serenader Scott Fujimoto. “I retired and I need something to do, I always wanted to learn to play the ukulele so for me this is working out great.”

There’s so much laughter, so many smiles, as their name declares. Maybe it’s the music.

“We are also barbershop singers,” said one singer. “So this is great because not only do we get to play music but we get to sing it and release all those wonderful endorphines.”

Maybe it’s family.

“It’s like family you know, we love each other,” said another.

Whatever it is, it shows, and we’re thankful for the Happy Senior Serenaders.

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