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Music, prizes and messages highlight virtual senior fair

Kathy Collins gets into the exercises led by Enhance Fitness at the 48th Maui County Senior Fair held at Maui Economic Opportunity in Wailuku on Friday. — MEO photo

Entertainment, exercise breaks and prize giveaways drew about 400 virtual participants to the 48th Maui County Senior Fair, held virtually for the second year in a row due to the pandemic.

Emceed by Kathy Collins, the two-hour-long Senior Fair was available live via Zoom, on MEO’s Facebook page and Akaku channel 54, and featured music by Na Leo Pilimehana and Kaina Kountry. There were also video and live appearances by Gov. David Ige and his wife Dawn, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino, Hawaii’s entire congressional delegation, Maui County state senators and representatives and all Maui County Council members, including Shane Sinenci, who offered his recorded message with a song on his ukulele.

Local nonprofits that work with seniors, businesses that offer services to kupuna and government agencies with helpful information, such as how to prevent being scammed, also produced videos for the Senior Fair.

The Senior Fair is usually held at the War Memorial Gym with seniors bused in from all over the island, MEO said in a news release Friday. The pandemic prevented the live event for a second straight year, though 73 prizes were given out in a drawing.

Winners of the top prizes — a 32-inch smart TV donated by Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura and six robotic Furry Friends offered by the Maui County Office on Aging — were notified individually. Their prizes will be delivered.

Kaina Kountry recorded three songs for the 48th Maui County Senior Fair. — MEO photo

Winners of the drawing will receive their gift cards in the mail.

The event was produced by MEO and funded by the Office on Aging. It can be viewed on the MEO Facebook page.

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