Media Contact: Lynn Araki-Regan
Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2, 2023) – Hawaii residents ages 60 years and older will have the opportunity to use their language skills in the second annual Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee presented by Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. The event is a fundraising activity to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii and a way for kupuna to sharpen and utilize their cognitive skills in a friendly, fun competition.
As one of the two presenting sponsors of the Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee, Hawaiian Airlines is donating 50,000, 30,000, and 20,000 miles, respectively, for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place spelling bee winners of each preliminary contest. All neighbor island finalists, along with a guest, will also receive complimentary airline transportation to travel to Oahu for the finals, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
The overall grand prize winner will receive a round trip ticket for two to any destination that Alaska Airlines flies, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and a 4-night stay at the California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, courtesy of the Boyd Gaming Corporation.
Preliminary events open to all Hawai’i kupuna are as follows:
Kauai: Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 9 a.m. at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
Hawaii Island: Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 9 a.m. at Hawai’i Island Adult Care
Maui: Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 9 a.m. at J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium
Aiea: Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 9 a.m. at Aiea High School Library
Honolulu: Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center
To participate, interested participants are asked to register and pay a $25 registration fee at kupunaspellingbee.com. Shirts will be provided to each registrant, subject to availability. Net proceeds from this annual event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii.
First, second, and third place winners from each preliminary contest will receive a medal and be eligible to compete in the Kiwanis Kupuna Spelling Bee Finals on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center.
The idea for the Kupuna Spelling Bee originated last year with Riley Regan, a then 16-year-old Iolani School junior who won his own spelling bee as a fifth grader at Puu Kukui Elementary School on Maui. Riley, along with his parents, Lynn Araki-Regan and Keith Regan, and the Kiwanis Club are leading the spelling bee's organizing efforts.
“Research shows that older adults who view themselves as lifelong learners tend to have sharper cognitive skills. Preparing for a spelling competition can hone those skills,” says Riley.
For more information about the kupuna spelling bee, please visit kupunaspellingbee.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any of the preliminary spelling bee organizers at:
Big Island: 808-937-1231