I can still remember my first conversation with myself in early 2010 when I took over Generations Magazine (GM), I said to myself, “now what do I do?” Well, my first call was to my classmate and partner Wilson Angel, GM Art Director and to make a long story short, he said “he was all in.” Next call was to my good friend, Kirk Matthews at KHON2 News Elderhood Project’s to see if he would be our first cover story and I still remember what he said, “are you crazy!” He said, “You are busy as it is and now you want to take on this huge task of providing our much loved seniors and their families with their own magazine?” I said yes, and he graciously became our first cover story after a round of golf. Love you Kirk!
Fast forward to this August/September 2014 issue, 5 years later and we are still committed to our mission of providing valuable and resourceful information to our Kupuna and their families. We are so blessed to have so many supporters and followers of GM. Special thanks goes out to our original business partners from 2010 that have and are still in GM as our partners and who truly believe in serving our senior population; Kirk Matthews and KHON2 News, my brother and one of the top realtors in Hawai‘i, Dan Ihara with Keller Willliams, 15 Craigside and Arcadia Community Services, Michael Yee, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Inc., Scott Makuakane with Est8Planning Counsel, LLLC, Attorney Stephen Yim, Craig and Sandy Watanabe from Captain Cook Coin, and Mike Rossell producer of our beloved Senior Fair that always happens the last weekend in September at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
A big “Mahalo” goes out to Vacations Hawaii and Boyd Gaming’s Kevin Kaneshiro and Director of Marketing Ashlen Manos for their years of sponsorship and support. I could not think of a better partner in all these years to have on our cover for our Senior Fair issue than our favorite California Hotel & Casino, known as “the Cal,” and yes, the 9th Island. A special “Mahalo” to David Lebby, VP and General Manager of the Cal and Main Street Station Hotel, Casino & Brewery for always taking special care of our Hawai‘i seniors.
Don’t forget to stop by at our 8th annual Aging in Place Workshop at the Ala Moana Hotel on Saturday August 23rd. Thank you to our sponsors KHON2’s Elderhood Project, AARP Hawaii, Vacations Hawaii (Yes we will be giving away a Vegas Trip), Straub Clinic and Hospital, AlohaCare, The Plaza Assisted Living, Kokua Care, De-clutter Hawaii and Cardon Outreach.
FYI — Our website www.Generations808.com still and always will have all our past issues including our very first issue with Kirk Matthews from 2010. Our site has many resources such as our GM calendar of future senior events around the island, list of GM business partners, listen to all our Generations Radio segments and past “Aging in Place” workshop presentations, as well as all our past resource guides and articles.
Live well this summer!,
Percy Ihara, Editor/Publisher