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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Maui County’s 2018 Outstanding Older American Awards Announced

WAILUKU, Maui – Maui County Office on Aging announced the 50th annual Outstanding Older American Award recipients Clara Felix of Kihei and William Kinaka of Wailuku during a May 10th ceremony at the Kihei Community Center.

Felix, who’s recognized for her dedication, willingness and passion, has been volunteering on Maui for the last 15 years, with organizations such as Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the Pacific Whale Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, Na Hoaloha, the Maui Marathon, St. Theresa Church, the YMCA and the Bailey House Museum. “She has demonstrated her tenacity in providing caring services for others and building lasting relationships that go far beyond the assigned task,” organizers said.

Nicknamed a “Maui Historian” who enjoys telling stories of the good old days in Lahaina and Puunene, Kinaka is a respected role model and living life to the fullest. He has been donated his time in volunteer efforts for the past 39 years, including the Boy Scouts of America, Maui Adult Day Care Centers, Hale Mahaolu Senior Housing, the Iao Intermediate School Renaissance Program, the Maui Judicial Court System, the Blood Bank of Hawaii, and the Commission on Children and Youth.

This year’s nominees also include Takeo Miyaguchi, Ali Thompson and Stephen Maglente. David Spicer, Lois Prey and Doreen Forsberg served as judges.

Established in 1963 by then-President John F. Kennedy and the members of the National Council of Senior Citizens, “Senior Citizens Month” was created to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older individuals. Now known as “Older Americans Month,” it is celebrated across the country through ceremonies such as the Outstanding Older Americans awards, events, fairs and other similar activities every May. Maui’s event dates back to 1968; since inception, 99 award recipients have been named.

For more information on the Maui County Office on Aging, visit

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