The Second Annual Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee welcomes Hawai'i residents, 60 years and older, to register to participate in one of the local, preliminary spelling bee events that will be held throughout Hawai'i during June and July 2023. The top three winners from each of the preliminary spelling bees will advance to compete in the 2023 Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee Finals Competition, held on Saturday, July 29, 2023, on Oahu.
The idea for the Kūpuna Spelling Bee originated last year with Riley Regan who partnered with nonprofit groups, including Kiwanis, to organize Kūpuna Spelling Bee events in 2022. To continue to encourage older women and men (60 years and older) to stay mentally sharp by learning and practicing the use and spelling of words, and to help strengthen memory, Kiwanis clubs throughout Hawai‘i teamed up to coordinate and host all of this year’s Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee events. Research shows that those who view themselves as “lifelong learners” often have a cognitive edge. The net proceeds from the 2023 Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee will support the Alzheimer's Association as part of "The Longest Day".
Mahalo to all contestants, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers for supporting the Alzheimer’s Association through the 2023 Kiwanis Kūpuna Spelling Bee!
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization with members and service projects touching millions. Here are some statistics:
8,386 Kiwanis clubs around the world
Over 400 Kiwanis clubs in the District of California-Nevada-Hawaii
10 Kiwanis clubs in the State of Hawaii (Division 22)
19 million hours that Kiwanis family members dedicate to service annually
8,268 number of clubs worldwide in the service programs for youth, college students, and adults with disabilities
85 nations and geographic areas where Kiwanis has clubs
537,830 adult and youth members in the Kiwanis family
$133 million raised each year by Kiwanis clubs around the world
152,000 service projects Kiwanis clubs conduct each year
For more information, visit Kiwanis.org.
Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee Committee