WAILUKU - Local comedian Frank De Lima headlines the entertainment at the 35th Maui County Senior Fair to be held Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, at the War Memorial Complex.
The free event, held earlier than in the past due to planned renovations at the War Memorial Gym, will include health screenings and information on the latest developments in gerontology; a "Five Wishes Kit," a document to help seniors with end-of-life and quality-of-life issues; and experts on financial literacy and fraudulent sales pitches. There will be food, displays and demonstrations as well as information from agencies that support the island's senior citizens.
"E Hui Pu Kakou: Working Together for Strong, Healthy and Supportive Communities" is the theme of the Senior Fair, which is produced by Maui Economic Opportunity and sponsored by the County of Maui Office on Aging.
De Lima will offer the brand of ethnic comedy that he's been presenting for more than 30 years.
"The ability to draw laughter or a smile is one of the greatest gifts you can give to people," said De Lima, the self-proclaimed Portuguese Prince of Hawaiian Comedy. "Laughter makes a happy heart."
Others providing entertainment will include Judy's Gang of jazz dancers; Nadao and Aiko Makimoto, Japanese singers; Jan McDonalds and a "Tribute to Elvis"; Kahului Filipino Senior Club dancers; Lahaina seniors; and Na Kanaka Kupa'a A Maui a me I Kona Mau Lima.
The formal program will begin at 9 a.m. with Mana'o Radio's Kathy "Tita" Collins as master of ceremonies.
A variety of food and items from senior clubs, organizations and businesses will be available for purchase including Portuguese bean soup, chow fun, cascaron, sushi, shave ice, home-baked goods, jams and jellies, crafts and plants. There also will be giveaways from businesses and agencies.
For more information on the Senior Fair, contact Maui Economic Opportunity at 249-2970 or Norma Circle, county Office on Aging, at 270-7755.