Seniors share secrets to longevity during birthday celebrations

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It’s an accomplishment few will achieve, but in Hawaii there are about two dozen living residents over the age of 100.

It’s a momentous occasion when someone celebrates their 100th birthday.

Four women at Leahi Hospital are 104, 101, 100, and 100 years old this year.

“We are very fortunate to celebrate four birthdays of our centenarians. We are actually very proud because I understand based on the data that we have, there’s about 300 centenarians across the United States,” Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Oahu Region CEO Vince Lee said.

Leahi Hospital provides care for the disabled or those who need long-term care. The centenarians are under the care of the hospital’s 179 nurses and staff members and are excited to celebrate the milestones with friends, family, and staff.

“I am so happy,” 100-year-old Loretta Tanaka said.

“I was surprised,” 100-year-old Evelyn Kuioka said.

Florence Imai turned 104 years old on Wednesday and her younger sister, who is 90 years old, was by her side to celebrate.

“You go talk everything you want. I don’t want to talk,” Imai said.

“I am so happy for her and I don’t want to let her go,” Imai’s sister Gladys Harada said.

Apparently longevity runs in their family. Out of 10 siblings — five boys and five girls — four of the girls have lived past 100 years old.

“We had a family of 10 and I was number nine. She’s number three,” Harada said.

KHON2 wanted to know their secret to longevity.

“The Lord takes care of me, God,” Tanaka said.

“There’s no secret. Just be happy,” Kuioka said.

“My pleasure in life is to volunteer. That’s all I know how to do,” Harada said.

Here’s to many more!

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