Thirty of Hawaii’s top photographers embarked on a special mission Wednesday to document the work of non-profit organizations across the state.
The project was conducted in partnership with Aloha United Way to spread awareness of the impact these organizations have in the community.
Photographer Randy Fujimori spent the morning at Moiliili Community Center, capturing moments with some of the center’s oldest members.
“The three women that we’re looking at today are between the ages of 99 and almost 102 years old, and the thing that’s so amazing is that they’re extremely alert, very strong, really such wonderful people, and it’s really just inspiring to see how they’re living their lives today,” said Cindy Adams, president, CEO, Aloha United Way.
Adams says the center’s Kupuna Support Program “allows them to continue to exercise their bodies and their minds which continues to help them age very gracefully in place.”
Shizuko Kagimoto will turn 102 in June and, despite her old age, doesn’t take any medication. She said her secret to staying healthy is to “wake up in morning, drink coffee” and don’t get angry.
The photographs will be compiled in a special publication called “Day in the Life.”
Aloha United Way supports more than 300 non-profits statewide.