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!

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Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee Committee