2015 is taking off like a rocket, overcoming inertia, pushing upward! People are hopeful — visitor season in full swing, gas prices going down and our new Governor hard at work. The last of three New Year celebrations in Hawaii — Hawaiian Makahiki in November, Western New Year January 1, and soon, on the February new moon, Chinese New Year — is in full swing with festivities until the full moon in March. See our listing of Honolulu Chinese New Year events by clicking here.

“Gong Hey Fat Choy!” from Publisher Percy Ihara and Dr. and Mrs. Young

“Gong Hey Fat Choy!” from Publisher Percy Ihara and Dr. and Mrs. Young

Dr. Joseph W.C. Young, Honolulu’s delightful and wise Mayor of Chinatown, took time to tell us about his community role as spokesperson and liaison for the over 100 Chinatown clubs and societies. You will be fascinated with his story, Page 14. If you like to cook and enjoy Chinese food, check out a New Year recipe by clicking here — from June Kam Tong’s classic Chinese cookbook, Popo’s Kitchen, volume 2. The recipes are yummy and adapted for the modern cook.

Ever wonder why sweepstakes and get rich scams sucker so many seniors? Click here to read Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and elder abuse expert Scott Spallina’s wisdom tells how, and what we can do about it. Pass it on.

Generations Magazine will now be available in all Public Libraries throughout Hawai‘i. The State Library System is a great supporter of seniors — after all, we love to read! Click here to learn about all the services you can access with your free library card.

All our contributors have created wonderful resources for you in this issue. While most of our authors are expert in senior services, they are not retirees themselves. However — our friend, TV personality and journalist Kirk Matthews recently retired. Now his column (click here) will recount his personal experience as a senior retiree — with wonderful insights. We are delighted that he decided to continue his column; be sure to go to our website and wish him well.

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Every Day is Brand New!

Katherine Kama‘ema‘e Smith, Associate Editor